Recently, the European Court ruled that Google should offer the “right to be forgotten” to a Spaniard. With this case as a precedent, more people have filed for removal of news that cited their names, including a convicted pedophile.
Arrested for possession of child abuse images, he requests that news about his case cease to appear in searches for his name. Other cases include a former politician, wanting to be re-elected, who asked for news about his behavior to be removed during the mandate, and a doctor, requesting the exclusion of negative reviews published by his patients.
It all started when a Spaniard told the European Court of Justice that Google violated his privacy when, when searching for his own name, he found a note about forced auction of his house, due to doubts. Your case has been evaluated and Google has been forced to remove this note from the search results, by court order. Thus, justice set a precedent for these demands.
Google has yet to comment on the cases since the court’s first opinion, except that it considered the result “disappointing”.
Viviane Reding, Commissioner of the European Union, said the case was a victory for “the protection of Europeans’ personal data”, but others do not take the case in a positive light. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, one of those who oppose the idea, as well as freedom of expression advocates from the Index of Censorship, a website that publishes censorship news around the world. For them, the measure should “cause a chill in the spine of everyone in the EU who believe in free expression and freedom of information”.
The question that remains: if this fashion catches on, how will the removal of so much content be done? How many judgments will it take for the content to be removed manually? Logistical problems can become worrying, with the increase in the order for individual removals.
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