Samir’s Selection 05/13/2014 (p.m.)
Privacy ruling threatens shake-up for Google and online publishers – FT.com
In practical terms, what would this ruling mean? In essence Google is effectively responsible for content, even if it was simply processing it on its servers and presenting links. If it receives a legitimate request to delete information on those servers, it must do so, even if that information is still published legally on the internet.
The key part of the ruling states: “The operator of a search engine is obliged to remove from the list of results displayed following a search made on the basis of a person’s name links to web pages, published by third parties and containing information relating to that person, also in a case where that name or information is not erased beforehand or simultaneously from those web pages, and even, as the case may be, when its publication in itself on those pages is lawful.”
The deletion requests could be pictures of teenage indiscretions, insulting comments on a social media website, malicious allegations, notifications of court orders, company filings, the list goes on…
EU member states and lawmakers thought they were mid-debate about this controversial “right to be forgotten” — the limits, the practical burden, the potential curbs on debate in the public interest.
If this remarkable data protection right already exists – as the ECJ judges ruling seems to indicate – what was the point of the European Commission proposing that it explicitly be introduced into law? And what should we make of the fundamental objections raised by the UK and others?
Google Must Honor Requests to Delete Links, E.U. Court Says – NYTimes.com
Google loses landmark case over data privacy in Europe – FT.com
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