A lot of controversy has made journalists pour some heavy words on white sheets, all debating about Google’s Right to be forgotten, a ruling which allows individuals to send requests to the tech giant and ask deletion of private details that appear in Google’s search results. Private details or information are deleted only if that particular aspect is no longer relevant or is abusive or affects a user’s integrity. Well, actually the selection criteria when it comes to what Google chooses to delete or not is a question of subjectivity, eventually.
The Right To be Forgotten story is starting to become increasingly interesting, as we have an Inception thing going on here. Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the right to be forgotten ruling. Yes, be patient and think twice before you completely understand the tangled story.
It seems that earlier links about the case had already been removed but the act of removal itself later became news. Now, the story shifted to the links to those new articles, that when searched via the individual’s name, appeared in search results. Those new links must now be removed.
The order relates to the case of 9 search results that should have disappeared as the verdict of a successful complaint. In spite of that, Google continued to link stories about the removal, arguing that they were highly relevant to subsequent stories about the removal of those links.
Google further refused to remove remaining and new links related to the later news posts, which included the details that received official permission for removal. Google argued that those were an essential part of a recent news story, which was in the public interest. Now, Google has 35 days at its disposal to remove the links from its search results, for the requester’s name. Google has the right to appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber against the notice.
This is nevertheless hilarious. How is it that such a company has acted that reckless, probably considering that they will simply escape the public purgatory of news and controversy? The right to be forgotten inception has just started and it seems that the story does not end here. It’s only the beginning of it. Well, prepare the popcorn, arm yourselves with patience, keep calm and watch the news.
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