European privacy regulators build mechanisms for handling ‘right to be de-linked’ cases

Europe’s data protection authorities (DPAs) have agreed on a common set of tools to help them deal with those seeking the right to be de-linked from search engines. The tools include a dashboard that will help regulators judge whether cases that come before them are similar to prior ones, or if they are new and require fresh thinking. This is a great step – it should ensure consistency and, because it will make the DPAs’ handling of such requests more efficient, it should also make it easier for Google and others to err on the side of rejecting requests and pass off the casework to the DPAs, as should be happening anyway.