A Google Shopping Express van is seen at Google headquarters on May 5, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP)
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Internet companies can be made to remove irrelevant or excessive personal information from search engine results, Europe's top court ruled Tuesday in a case pitting privacy campaigners against Google.It creates both technical challenges and potential extra costs for companies like Google, the world's No.1 search engine, and Facebook.The ECJ said the rights of people whose privacy has been infringed outweighed general public interest.The Spanish data protection agency said the case was one of 220 similar ones in Spain whose complainants want Google to delete their personal information from the Web.European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said that the court ruling vindicated EU efforts to toughen up privacy rules.
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