Latest European Court of Justice Ruling on Dereferencing from Search Engines
A significant decision was published by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 8 December 2022. The decision concerns search engine operators with respect to processing requests for dereferencing webpages and image thumbnails, along with the burden of proof regarding the dereferencing.
The applicants are persons who are in the managing positions in in private companies. The dispute arose when three articles focusing on corruption were published on a website criticising the companies and the applicants, along with pictures depicting them in luxury vehicles.
The applicants requested Google to dereference these articles as they were inaccurate and lead to defamatory opinions. Google refused the request and argued that they were unaware of the inaccuracy of the information provided in the articles.