In a much watched and contested case, EU regulators side with those who see privacy and the ‘right to be forgotten’ as a local, country or regional consideration. On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice decided that firms like Google don’t have to apply the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ to versions of its search engine accessed outside the EU.
In some ways this does not change much. Many other countries have their own similar regulation to GDPR and many others are flirting with such things. Some are not. If the decision had gone the other way, the EU influence for such regulation would have been more directly felt outside the EU. As it is, it remains mostly within the EUs borders, for now. That may appease some free-speech types but the cat is firmly out of the bag. Privacy is a global concern and a topic of interest to almost everybody, wherever they reside.