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A global right to be forgotten

Currently, a party is entitled to seek removal of information posted on the internet if the information is inadequate or no longer relevant. This can see search engines remove links and allowing a party to "be forgotten" within Europe but not necessarily worldwide.

Following a decision of the French courts this could see the removal of these links worldwide thus imposing French law on alternative jurisdictions which would otherwise allow this information to remain. 

If the decision is upheld this could be seen as a positive result providing certainty in the application of such laws internationally and providing protection to global brands. 

However, there is a concern that such a decision could open the floodgates to other countries laws restricting the flow of information also being imposed globally.

For further information contact Marion Meager on 0113 220 6270.

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Marion Meager

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Marion specialises in internet disputes, defamation/social media claims, commercial agent disputes,…

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