There hasn’t been a regulation on the validity for search results, so Europe is working on making one now.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of France’s privacy regulator and WP29 group of EU national data protection authorities said in an interview last Friday with Reuters that the regulation is a complicated issue in which the EU leaders have not reach a consensus yet.
The intention of the regulations is to roll out guidelines with regards to search results and their validity for internet search companies. But this does not seem to be a simple task. To apply the guidelines with due diligence, it will require removal of the results not just from the internet search engines, but also from all other media in which the results were taken as reference.
This came after the ruling from the EU Court of Justice stating that search engines have to remove the search results of a person’s name if the information is inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant. It is based on the concept from the European law that there is a “right to be forgotten”. It is however a first to request for internet search companies like Google to adhere to such laws.
As of now there are over 90,000 of such search result removal requests being made to the EU court, along with 50 appeal cases from Google’s refusal. It puts the internet search companies into a difficult position as they are also the ones who support the freedom of information but yet have to comply with the “right to be forgotten”.
To adhere to the court ruling, what Google did was to remove the links from their Google sites for the EU region such as Google.co.uk and Google.de. However, the identical search results would still show on the other Google sites from the rest of the world.