EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

The EU’s advisory panel on privacy and data protection has warned Google to comply with Europe’s laws in an unusually strongly worded statement.

The Article 29 Working Party vowed to investigate if Google refused to abide by theEuropean Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling — Google Spain v Gonzalez et al — that decreed Google was not exempt from data protection and privacy legislation on the Continent.

That ECJ ruling means individuals can request the removal of old and out of date links that are not in the public interest from web search engine results pages.

Google responded by appointing a committee of five “independent” advisors, two of whom have already called for the law to be changed.

In response to Google’s prickly response, the European working party — a body which is independent of the EC and represents states’ data-protection authorities — promised [PDF] to develop “a coordinated response to complaints of data subjects if search engines do not erase their content whose removal has been requested”.

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