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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by oskeladden on Sun 6th Jul 2014 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
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So...Europe doesn't have libel laws? I'm confused. If I put up on a website that you're a pedophile and I have no proof, you sue me and the courts take it down once they've determined I don't know what I'm talking about.

Most European countries have a law of libel, but it only applies to information that isn't true. The law of privacy developed by the ECJ, in contrast, applies to the publication of information that is true. The information in the Guardian's articles - the subject of Thom's original comment - was all entirely true. The point of the ECJ's ruling was that European law in some cases gives persons the right to ask Google to stop linking to information about them even if the information is true.

That said, Google has gone well beyond the judgment with its deletions. The judgment makes it very clear that there's a balance to be struck between the freedom of the press and the rights of the person, which Google seems to have missed.

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