On July 22, 2019, the Italian supervisory authority for data protection (Garante) issued a judgment involving the so-called “right to be forgotten”.
The Garante held that, in accordance with Article 21 of the GDPR, the data subject has the right to object to the processing of personal data on the grounds of his or her particular situation.
On that basis, Google is required to stop the processing of the personal data unless it can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds.
Furthermore, the Garante made clear that the principles of data protection apply to any information concerning an identified or identifiable natural person. Thus “right to be forgotten” applies to any searches, not exclusively to searches by individual’s name.