EU tells Google to “FugetAboutIt”

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That embarrassing picture, negative article or any other bit of information you don’t like on Google can be erased, or should I say harder to obtain…in the European Union.

Launched last week, a new website by Google allows citizens of the EU to simply “be forgotten” within Google. But, links will only be removed for searches that occur in the EU, as ordered by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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You may be wondering, “How does this work?” and this is how:

Users wanting information to “be forgotten” must complete a form and provide this information:

  1. Name
  2. Email address
  3. Photo identification
  4. Explain how each linked page is related to them
  5. Why the search result is:
    1. Irrelevant
    2. Outdated
    3. Inappropriate

    These requests will be reviewed by a committee of experts that include members of the United Nations, professors, data protection experts and more. Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman, and David Drummond, the company’s top lawyer, will co-chair the committee. “The committee won’t set Google policy, but promote a broad discussion of the issues raised by the European court ruling,” as stated by a Google spokesperson.

    Again, links will be removed only for search results in the EU via Google. Information will not be deleted from the servers in other countries. The idea of “being forgotten” has not been established in the United states, but here are some tips to keep yourself and your business safe and protected online.

    As this topic progresses, I will write another blog. But for now, I want to hear from you!

    What do you think about the EU’s decision to modify Internet searches per request? Does this infringe on the public’s right to know, or does it correlate correctly with an individual’s right to be forgotten?

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