The European Union's highest court decided on Tuesday that Google must allow users of its search engine a right to delete links about themselves in some cases. This would include removal of links to legal records. The right to privacy, without regard to the right to publish true statements and/or legal documents and court decisions, flies in the face of the law in the United States. See New York Times v Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964), defining the issue of the right to publication of true facts where the aggrieved "outed" party is a public figure. Download New_York_Times_Company_v._Sullivan
The decision by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg is a blow for Google as it had sought riddance from outside influence upon content. Download Press Release Google v Agencia Espanola
Google sought to avoid the obligation to remove links when requested by European users of its service. Apparently, Europe tends to strike more of a balance between speech and privacy rights.
Thankfully, the ruling appies only to Europe and will likely have no effect for users of Google or other digital media services in the United States, where freedom of speech in many cases overrides privacy considerations, assuming the information is accurate.
See New York Times article here.