Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, a Forum supporter organisation, said:
‘We welcome Advocate General Szpunar’s opinion that the CJEU should place limits on the scope of de-referencing carried out by search engines.
‘European data regulators should not be able to determine the search results that internet users around the world get to see. They should only be able to de-list websites within their country’s jurisdiction, and should balance the rights of both privacy and free speech when making that decision.
‘We hope that the CJEU will follow Szpunar’s opinion when it issues its judgment in this case later this year.  The Court must limit the scope of the ‘right to be forgotten’ in order to protect global freedom of expression and prevent Europe from setting a precedent for censorship that could be exploited by other countries.’
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