The ICO has issued the following statement in response to this week’s ruling by the European Union Court of Justice on the need for Google to amend its search results following a request by a member of the public. 

ICO spokesperson said:

“This is an important judgement. We welcome the extent to which it upholds the data protection rights of individuals and confirms the powers of data protection authorities to enforce these. We will be studying the judgement in detail and considering its practical implications for individuals, businesses and ourselves. When we have done so we will comment further.”

Notes to Editors

1. The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
2. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.

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