Search engine company Google need not remove personal information from its search results, an adviser to the EU’s top court said.
European Court of Justice Advocate General Niilo Jääskinen said that although Google was subject to EU data protection laws, responsibility does not fall on it for content produced by third parties, including newspapers and TV channels.
"Requesting search engine service providers to suppress legitimate and legal information that has entered the public domain would entail an interference with the freedom of expression," the court said in a statement referring to Jääskinen’s opinion.
London-based Field Fisher Waterhouse lawyer, Eduardo Ustaran, said that a search engine was just a tool. "The nature of that information is irrelevant. It is just ones and zeros," he added.