The Court of Justice in the Digital World

The Court of Justice in the Digital World

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We are all increasingly using online services in our daily lives, sharing news, our views, and photos with friends across the world. But these services bring their own challenges none greater than ensuring our privacy and our personal data are protected in a fast changing world. The Court of Justice has often been called upon to decide cases affecting our right to privacy online. In 2014, EU legislation which gave European Union countries wide-reaching powers to retain and access personal data of internet users was overturned by the Court, stating that this unnecessarily interfered with our fundamental rights to privacy and data protection. Just one year later, the Court decided that a European Commission decision allowing Facebook to transfer the personal data of its European users to the United States was invalid, because US government access to this information was not subject to the same safeguards and limits as in the EU. In another case, involving Google, the Court of Justice has ruled that EU citizens have a right to ask a search engine operator to remove entries relating to them from the list of search results following a search on their name. Giving us greater control over our presence on the web. Through these cases, and more like them, the Court of Justice strives to ensure that we can safely enjoy online services, free from unnecessary intrusion into our private lives.

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