Right to be forgotten EU law

The Internet never forgets and will always remember sensitive information, that was the case up until now because people have the rights to ask Google to delete such sensitive data from its search results as part of a new ‘Right to be forgotten’ EU law.

Right to be forgotten EU law

One Spanish man named Mario Costeja González had a few financial problems leaving his home going up for auction in 1998 after being repossessed, but this was covered by newspapers and went online for the world to see.

This is where the problem begins, whenever you search for Mario Costeja González the bad news of the auction still shows up, and he believes this could harm his reputation. He believes this should be taken offline and removed permanently from Google search results.

Do Internet users have the “right to be forgotten”?
Free expression and privacy rights come into the equation, the right to request the removal of their digital data being removed from search results from the Internet has now been agreed by according to EU law. The European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) made the ruling today.

The man mentioned above was one over around 180 cases wanted their data removed from Google’s search results, information on just about anybody can be found in this day and age. People put information on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and millions of other online sites and Google indexes most of the them.

A person can now approach an operator such as Google and request removal of data, if the operator does not grant this then this can be taken up with competent authorities to get it removed according to judges. Dissimilar to the recent EU proposal separate to Tuesday’s court ruling, this would apply to posts made by an individual and not info posted by others.

The Guardian reported today European commission’s proposals could cost around £360m a year, which means businesses in Britain including technology and data firms being out of pocket.

Do you agree or disagree with the ‘Right to be forgotten’ should people be allowed to request the removal of data from the likes of Google search results?

  • SomeRandom

    I agree with the right to be forgotten. In this digital age past mistakes from childhood can hound us long into our adult lives when we are no longer the same person mentally or physically. Here’s the problem. Google is only indexing the information. As it stands your telling Google to censor search results. But if I use another search engine then the hidden data is revealed again. You’d have to go to each search engine individually. Would it be more sensible to go to the content creator to have them delete the article, or modify the page in such a way as to cause a search engine to ignore it?