The European Court of Justice has ruled that European citizens have a right to request that Google delete their data from search results.
This judgment will have implications worldwide, especially in Germany.
The ECJ Google-judgment will unfold in Germany massive impact, since in Germany, data protection and the protection of privacy have an enormously important role.
We assume that there will be a wave of lawsuits in Germany against Google. In Germany you will be able to rely very well on the judgment, as the data protection in Germany is taken very seriously. But it is not that Google now has to accept all applications in Germany. It needs to be tested in Germany, whether the privacy of citizens outweighs the interest or googles that the links remain online.
Google Germany has not yet reacted to the verdict.
For this reason, we have an application form designed for all concerned, that may be used free of charge. This form can be sent directly to Google Germany:
But Google has informed us today that all requests are processed.
The result of privacy in Germany will play an even greater role. This could lead to problems in electronic trading with non-eu countries such as the United States, whose data protection laws do not go that far.
We are looking forward to the future.
Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht und zertifizierter Mediator
Karsten Gulden, LL.M. Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht und zertifizierter Mediator