Google data protection issues might increase as a consequence of the ruling of the European Court of Justice that obliged search engines to remove the link between search results and a webpage if it contains information the individual deems should be “forgotten“. But it is argued that this decision might have relevant consequences also for the development of technologies based on Big Data including Internet of Things and wearable technologies.In the decision the Court held that:
- Indexing information by a search engine is “processing of personal data”;
- Google is a “controller” of such personal data;
- Local data protection laws are applicable, even if indexing happens in the US when the local entity is promoting and selling the advertising space on the search engine;
- Google should remove links to webpages containing personal data, even if the webpages themselves are lawful; and
- A fair balance should be sought between the legitimate interests of search engine users and the privacy rights of individuals.