European judges are ruling Google does not have to apply the strict European privacy standards imposed on the rest of the world. The case involved the European Union's so-called right to be forgotten. It calls for Google and others to remove certain results linked to people's names from search results.
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled there is nothing in EU law that required search engines to carry out the de-referencing outside of the 28-nation bloc.
European officials admitted they were hoping to export their tough data protections standards for the rest of the world.
The Court said in a statement, "The Court concludes that, currently, there is no obligation under EU law, for a search engine operator who grants a request for de-referencing made by a data subject, as the case may be ... to carry out such a de-referencing on all the versions of its search engine.”
They went on to say, “However, EU law requires a search engine operator to carry out such a de-referencing on the versions of its search engine corresponding to all the Member States."