Right To Be Forgotten Articles

Google get cheeky in “Right To Be Forgotten” law response

  • 04/07/2014 at 23:18 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google SearchThe Right To Be Forgotten law enacted by the European Union was not happily received by Google. However, the company is complying…a lot.

When your site is removed from Google, it pretty much banishes you into obscurity. Any content not indexed by the site, unless otherwise placed on an onion directory (such as with the Tor network) is unlikely to get any real attention.

So when UK media outlets such as the BBC and Guardian started receiving notices that their stories were being removed, it caused an uproar. The stories were a mixed bag, with several (such as the investigation of a Merrill Lynch chairman) being highly relevant right now to the public interest, and others (French protesters and their post-it note decorations) confusingly included for no apparent reason.

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Google creates form after “Right To Be Forgotten” ruling

  • 30/05/2014 at 22:52 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleFollowing a ruling by a judge in the European Court of Justice, Google has implemented a form that protects people’s “right to be forgotten”. But the tech company isn’t very happy about it, and they aren’t bothering to hide that fact.

Originally, the ruling was based around a complaint by a Spanish man who says he found a newspaper article about his home being seized from more than a decade ago. It brought up the question of how long such information should be available, and how much control people should have over such details.

The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, and Google was ordered to create a request procedure that would remove certain search results from their engine. This does not remove the internet page in question, which Google has flatly refused to accommodate. Perhaps rightly, they worry that certain stories and information could be removed simply because the person in question doesn’t like the way it makes them look.

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