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Top European court: People have "right to be forgotten" on Internet

  • The European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Google (GOOG) can be ordered to delete sensitive information, under certain conditions, from its Internet search results if it is requested to do so.
  • Google had argued that forcing it to remove data amounted to censorship, although privacy advocates believe that people should be able to delete their digital traces.
  • The issue arose after a Spanish man complained that his privacy was infringed when an auction notice of his repossessed home appeared on search results.
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Comments (4)
  • Aldo Mysek
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    I think that when you pay for something as in internet service, you own the paid for e-mail & searches & should retain the right to keep it or delete it just like regular mail. I can shred it (snail mail) or any other thing I choose to do as the end recipient. There are already laws & structures in place regulating copyrights & intellectual properties. With respect to e-mails & all searches enacted by an individual subscriber, ISPs should not sell or share that info without one's approval. At the end of such subscriptions, if the subscriber doesn't want his dossier, it should be deleted. That would be the best case scenario with respect to individual subscriber rights.
    13 May, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • duhaus
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    Censorship ?!? Hahaha !! You might want to look up the definition of that one boys.
    13 May, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
    , contributor
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    Dangerous precedent. Search results should be neutral. If there is problem w/ something being public, one should go after the original source.


    Of course Google itself already taints and skews the search results to please the end-user, so this is a moot point already.
    13 May, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
    , contributor
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    Good read in Guardian:


    She gets it:


    "... Carr, acting director of the privacy rights campaign Big Brother Watch, said: "The principle that you have a right to be forgotten is a laudable one, but it was never intended to be a way for people to rewrite history. Search engines do not host information and trying to get them to censor legal content from their results is the wrong approach. Information should be tackled at source, which in this case is a Spanish newspaper, otherwise we start getting into very dangerous territory....

    13 May, 12:16 PM Reply Like
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