David Drummond: Google has made ‘Right to be forgotten’ removals only in Europe

David Drummond: Google has made ‘Right to be forgotten’ removals only in Europe

At an event held in Brussels on Monday, Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said that the Internet search giant is presently sticking only to the European Union (EU) when individuals invoke their 'right to be forgotten.'

Drummond's statement - that only those 'Right to be forgotten' requests are granted by Google which seek removal of search results from its European websites - is contrary to the guidelines of the EU regulators. But, Drummond has said that Google will review its approach soon.

The disclosure by Drummond comes against the backdrop of Google consistent argument that it believes the 'Right to be forgotten' ruling should be applicable only to the company's European websites, such as Google. de in Germany or Google. fr in France.

However, the Article 29 Working Party - a group of privacy watchdogs from EU countries - had said in November that Google should remove search results across all relevant domains globally when individuals invoke their 'Right to be forgotten.'

Asserting that Google's approach in compliance with the 'Right to be forgotten' ruling has not changed since November, even after the Article 29 Working Party's guidelines, Drummond said at the Brussels event: "We've had a basic approach, we've followed it, on this question we've made removals Europe-wide but not beyond."

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