In what has been called a "right to be forgotten," the top European court has ruled that Google must allow "ordinary people" to request that links to irrelevant and outdated data should be erased on request. Google was not impressed, stating that "it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the internet."
The ruling came after Mario Costeja Gonzalez complained that a search of his name in Google brought up newspaper articles from 16 years ago about a sale of property to recover money he owed.
He said the matter had been resolved and should no longer be linked to him.
Campaign group Index on Censorship condemned the decision, saying it "violates the fundamental principles of freedom of expression".
"It allows individuals to complain to search engines about information they do not like with no legal oversight," it said.
"This is akin to marching into a library and forcing it to pulp books."
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