AMSTERDAM (AP) - The European Court of Justice has said that Google and other search engines are not responsible when personal information appears on web pages they index, a defeat for the so called "right to be forgotten" privacy principle under debate in Europe.

AMSTERDAM (AP) The European Court of Justice has said that Google and other search engines are not responsible when personal information appears on web pages they index, a defeat for the so called "right to be forgotten" privacy principle under debate in Europe.

In a written opinion, the court's Advocate General, Niilo Jaaskinen, said that websites, not Google, bear responsibility for information they publish.

The Luxembourg-based court was asked for its opinion on the point due to a case in Spain, where the national data protection agency had received complaints from individuals who said personal information about them from years ago could be found with a simple Internet search.

The Spanish agency ordered Google Spain and Google to remove the information from search results. Google is appealing.