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Europe’s top court backs ‘right to be forgotten’ in Google case

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Internet companies can be made to remove irrelevant or excessive personal information from search engine results, Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday in a case pitting privacy campaigners against Google. Full Article

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  1. Q

    What an enlightened opinion! 🙂

    The ECJ said the rights of people whose privacy has been infringed outweighed the general public interest.

    It’ll be a cold day in hell before this ever happens here. 🙁

    • ab

      Google is an international company and to maintain consistent policy it may adopt something like this in the United States. Other search engines may do the same and google in particular is an advocate of privacy. Now previous criminal history might take awhile to become part such policy and it might take even longer for requests for registrant information to removed to be considered a valid request. This is as good a start as can be expected.

  2. C

    I love it when I come to this site to share an article and find it is already featured.
    Special thanks to those keeping this site current.

    With regard to the story, this is great news on several levels: It reminds me that while my own country has lost its way, there is hope for the rest of the 1st world in matters of compassion, privacy, etc. While the USSA and former USSR seem to be on paths returning us to the Stone Age, Europe maintains steady progress toward a more tolerant and democratic community. OK, maybe the Euros are more on a course for the Weird Age (Conchita Wurst), but I would much rather live in that world than the one dystopian society America has embraced.

    Let’s all hope that Google honors the original intent of its Don’t Be Evil motto and inspires others to do same.

  3. Tim

    I think the Euros have had their fill of loss of privacy under the fascists and the stalinists. Makes me wonder when and if the people of this country will ever miss having some control over their personal information.

    • Q

      Hi Tim:

      I just read some of the statements by Google and their defense sounds like the offendex defense.

      Hope the fires arent a problem for you 🙂

      • Tim

        It would keep them more honest if they added this to their slogan:
        “Money is the root of all evil. Be aware that it can turn a good company bad”

      • Tim

        I didn’t have to evacuate, but I wonder what a registrant would do if he had no family or friends to go to. Most of the shelters were at schools and the hotels filled up. Stay at a park?

        • Q

          Never thought of that! I hope there weren’t any registrants that needed to evacuate!

  4. C

    ‘Right to be forgotten’: Google launches form to allow users delete their ‘inadequate’ data

    Dear Google,

    It seemed rather easy for you to create this tool in just a couple of weeks. Please find it in your heart to extend it to your countrymen here in the USA.

    Thank you,

    Americans Who Still Care About Privacy

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