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The Extra-Territorial Reach of the EU's 'Right to Be Forgotten'

30 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2015  

Brendan van Alsenoy

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Marieke Koekkoek

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Date Written: January 19, 2015

Abstract

In May of this year, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided that individuals can – under certain conditions – obtain removal of certain search results. In November, the Article 29 Working Party issued a set of guidelines concerning the implementation of the CJEU ruling. These guidelines state that search engines must implement the ruling “on all relevant domains, including .com”. Critics argue that the approach advanced by the Working Party goes a bridge too far, imposing European values onto non-EU jurisdictions. How far should the right to be forgotten extend, geographically speaking? Should Google, upon finding that an individual’s request is justified, modify its search results globally? Or should it only modify search results shown within the EU? The aim of this paper is answer these questions, using public international law as the normative framework.

Keywords: data protection, extra-territoriality, international jurisdiction, online content regulation, privacy, public international law, right to be forgotten

Suggested Citation

van Alsenoy, Brendan and Koekkoek, Marieke, The Extra-Territorial Reach of the EU's 'Right to Be Forgotten' (January 19, 2015). CiTiP Working Paper 20/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2551838

Brendan van Alsenoy (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Marieke Koekkoek

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies ( email )

Van Evenstraat 2B
Charles Deberiotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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