A landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) means that Google Spain must remove from its indexes and essentially erase any information related to Costeja González, who brought the case against the search engine giant along with the Spanish data protection authority.

The court’s decision will likely have significant implications for the industry as its interpretation holds that by indexing and storing information search engines are conducting the “processing of personal data” and must erase, or remove from searchability, information related to individuals should they request it.

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