The Court of Justice of the European Union orders Google to delete “manifestly inaccurate” data.

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, must remove information from online search results if users can show that it is false.

In recent years have right to be forgotten online, or the ability to erase one’s digital footprint on the Internet, has sparked conflict between advocates of free speech and those who defend the right to privacy.

The two directors of a group of investment firms that brought the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have asked Google to remove search results linking their names to certain articles criticizing the strategy of group investment.

The European Union asked Google to remove the thumbnails

The European Union has also asked Google to remove thumbnails of their images from search results. The company denied those requests, saying it had no idea whether the information in the articles was true or false.

The Court of Justice of the European Union has said:

“The operator of a search engine must de-reference the information contained in the referenced content when the person requesting de-reference proves that this information is manifestly inaccurate. »

However, the case number is C-460/20 Google (Removal of allegedly inaccurate content).

Google will bring together the teams responsible for the map service and Waze map products

In an effort to streamline processes, Google announced that teams working on the Waze mapping service and products such as Google Maps will be combined starting December 9. According to a Google spokesman, the Alphabet-owned company will integrate Waze, which it bought in 2013 for $1 billion, into Google Geo, its portfolio of real-world mapping products that also includes Google Maps, Google Earth and Street View.

Google has announced that Waze CEO Neha Parikh is leaving the company after a transition period. Waze will remain a standalone app with approximately 151 million monthly active users worldwide.

Sundar Pichai, Alphabet’s chief executive, said on July 12 that the company would streamline procedures and combine investments where they overlap. Noam Bardin, a former top executive at the company, claimed in February 2021 that Waze was struggling to grow within Google and could have ” probably grow faster and much more efficiently if she had remained independent.

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