The European Court of Justice, which is the highest court for matters of European Law, has handed down a preliminary ruling that indicates Google may have to remove links to consumers’ names on request — if appropriate. The case was referred to the ECJ by Spain’s Audiencia Nacional, or National High Court. The ECJ’s ruling lays down the guidelines for the Audiencia Nacional in hearing the case. Still, the indications are that Google, Facebook and other companies whose business revolves around mining and selling consumer data might be at risk.
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