Last month, the court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google will be required to act when people request that search results about themselves must be taken down. Due to that decision, a Canadian court has now ruled that Google must remove search results for a Canadian company’s competitor.
The results would have to be removed not just in Canada, but in the rest of the world too. Equustek Solutions believes that a rival ripped off of its network device technology and then sold it on more than 300 websites. Google voluntarily decided to remove the links from Google.ca, the Canadian version of the search engine.
However, the Supreme Court of British Columbia granted an injunction that forces Google to remove the search results from every one of its websites, including Google.com.
Google argued that the Canadian law could not be applied to the rest of the world, but the court cited the Law and Equity Act, which grants broad power for a court to issue injunctions when it is “just or convenient that the order should be made.” Google was given until June 27th to remove the link.