Brussels: Google must comply with European laws on privacy and amend some search results, a top European Union (EU) court ruled Tuesday.

The EU Court of Justice said ordinary people can ask Google to remove some sensitive, irrelevant or outdated information from Internet search results.

Earlier, the search engine stated that it did not control search results and could bear no responsibility for personal data that is “in open access”.

The responsibility lies with the owner of the website that provides the information, and Google merely presents the user with a link.

The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his home that could be found on Google infringed upon his privacy. Around 180 similar complaints have been filed in Spain.

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