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FRANCES ROBINSON 
Wall St Journal
May 13, 2014

BRUSSELS—Individuals can ask Google Inc. to remove links to news articles, court judgments and other documents in search results for their name, the European Union’s highest court said Tuesday.

It was a surprise decision regarding a landmark case in Spain that centered on the so-called right to be forgotten, which a plaintiff argued should allow a person to request that information about them be removed from search engines. The decision, depending on how it is interpreted and enforced, could prove highly disruptive to Google and other search-engine operators.

Google called the ruling disappointing and said it needed to take time to analyze the implications.

The European Court of Justice said search companies are responsible for personal data that shows up on Web pages they link to in search results—unexpectedly changing its approach from the Advocate general’s opinion last year.

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