Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 21:52 UTC
Internet & Networking

When you Google someone from within the EU, you no longer see what the search giant thinks is the most important and relevant information about an individual. You see the most important information the target of your search is not trying to hide.

Stark evidence of this fact, the result of a European court ruling that individuals had the right to remove material about themselves from search engine results, arrived in the Guardian's inbox this morning, in the form of an automated notification that six Guardian articles have been scrubbed from search results.

And then the EU wonders why support for even more 'Europe' is at an all-time low.

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For the love of God. This is has NOTHING to do with EU lawmaking.

The only way this in ANY way ties into EU is that an EU court _rejected_ to overrule existing national laws (in the particular case existing Spanish law). The source of the issue was a Spanish law, and all that was ever established was that existing bad laws also apply on the internet.

That isn't true. The ECJ expressly issued an interpretation of the 1995 Data Protection Directive and on the rights of individuals as well as the obligations of a search engine under that directive. That is very much a question of EU law.

You may find the Commission's fact sheet on the case useful:

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