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Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday.

Europe’s top court had been looking at two separate cases involving the search engine: whether it must remove sensitive personal data worldwide or just in Europe; as well as whether it must automatically delete search results with sensitive information.

This follows on an earlier decision on the so-called “right to be forgotten” — a ruling made five years ago that grants European citizens the right to ask search engines, such as Google, to remove sensitive information about them, such as past crimes.

In 2016, France’s privacy watchdog CNIL fined Google 100,000 euros (109,889) for refusing to remove sensitive information from search results on the internet upon request under “right to be forgotten.”

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