Back in May this year, the CJEU handed down a ruling which will impact not only search engines, but companies all over the world who process data in Europe. For commentary please click here  or for practical advice following the ruling click here.

For now, search engines are taking most of the heat. At the end of last month EU Data Protection authorities met with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the ways in which they have reacted to CJEU’s the decision and the methods being put in place to address specific points such as the “right to be forgotten”.

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (the Working Party) stated that they want companies’ input into guidelines with an aim at ensuring consistent complaints handling by European Data Protection Authorities facing take down requests. Hence last month’s meeting which brought together search engines and representatives from European Data Protection Authorities to address issues going forward.

The Working Party asked the search engines a variety of questions during the meeting (ranging from whether data subjects can request delisting in their own language to the average time taken to process requests) and gave them some homework. The full list of questions is available here. The search engines must provide answers by 31 July 2014. The responses will be used by the Working Party to produce take down guidelines, which are expected to be published in September 2014.