EU demands ‘right to be forgotten’ be applied globally (Wired UK)


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Google will be told to extend the “right to be
forgotten” outside the EU in a move that is likely to cause a
furrowing of brows at the search giant. EU
regulators are looking to close a loophole in the controversial
online privacy legislation that effectively
renders it useless.

Currently people only have the right to be forgotten
on versions of Google within the EU. Anyone wanting to see
uncensored Google searches can simply use the
US version of Google instead. The EU has taken a tough line against
Google, expressing annoyance at its approach to removing search
results.

The right to be forgotten allows people to remove
outdated, irrelevant or misleading web pages from search results
relating to their name. The EU will now ask Google to apply the
ruling to the US version of its site, sources told Bloomberg Businessweek.

Regulators have said that people shouldn’t be able to
bypass the ruling and access results on non-EU versions of Google.
By extending its ruling to cover all versions of Google Search the
EU would vastly increase the effectiveness of its fledgling online
privacy legislation.

The search company will also be reprimanded for
continuing to inform websites when links have been removed. Many
media outlets, including the BBC, the Guardian,
the Daily Mail and the Daily
Telegraph 
in the UK have published extensive lists of
articles removed from their sites.

Google has made no secret of its dislike of the EU ruling. The UK government has also expressed
its dismay that the ruling could allow criminals and terrorists to
hide convictions. Google has removed 41.5 percent of the 502,000
links it has been sent since May. It has continued to insist that
it carefully evaluates the merit of each removal request based on
the evidence provided and its own guidelines.

The EU is expected to present more details on the
draft rules later this week.

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26 November 2014 | 4:16 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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