|Google Opens "Right to be Forgotten" Form For E.U.|
Well, now the E.U. has it's way of getting the attention of google in the "right to be forgotten" ruling by the E.U.
It's still the case that this is not going to guarantee removal, and Google will still have to assess each request. How Google draws its conclusions is still a matter of the unknown. It appears that if google rejects the request, a user will still have the opportunity to take their request to the local E.U. authorities.
This appears to be the start of a filtering for E.U. residents.
Remember, the data will still exist on web sites, and can still be found online. A search from a non-EU IP might still prove fruitful for the offending data.
|A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union found that certain users can ask search engines to remove results for queries that include their name where those results are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.” |
In implementing this decision, we will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public’s right to know and distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.
If you have a removal request, please fill out the form below. Please note that this form is an initial effort. We look forward to working closely with data protection authorities and others over the coming months as we refine our approach.link [support.google.com]
EU Court Backs Users' 'Right to be Forgotten' on Google [webmasterworld.com]
Google Will Have "Right to be Forgotten" System, In Germany, Within Two Weeks [webmasterworld.com]
|the data will still exist on web sites, and can still be found online |
But creating a searchable index of existing published material is not considered a journalistic enterprise - and therefore exempt - according to the judges in the case (who disagreed with submissions from the Advocate General and the EU Commission itself).
A Rogue's Charter in all but name.
So if Google chooses to issue regular press releases about the most interesting claims of a right to be forgotten, and links to it from their front page, that will be fine!
Despite the numerous negative points in its record, Google is still a true high tech company, the best existing search engine, and a progressive corporation in its outlook.
In this context, I would expect Google to start taking a more progressive political outlook in its decisions, rather than being dragged by court judgements towards such a direction.
Such 21st century political outlook will be beneficial for its image, and consequently good for business, power and the bottom line. Better be far-sighted than short-sighted. Far-sighted is better for business and the bottom line.
Anyone looked at the form? Asks for a boatload of personal information to make sure they ... g ... know EXACTLY who they are to "remove" from the serps. Wonder how many will supply that info. Then again, they have to do that because any Tom, Dick, or Harry could make a demand... and it might not be Tom, Dick, or Harry!
|Wonder how many will supply that info. |
12.000 until now, according to the news papers.
|they have to do that because any Tom, Dick, or Harry could make a demand... and it might not be Tom, Dick, or Harry! |
That's a good thing, as it could be classed as negative marketing by the unscrupulous.
In another update, Google apparently plans to indicate when SERPs have been affected.
|Google said last Monday that it had so far received 41,000 requests to take down sensitive material from people in Europe since the landmark ruling, including a politician with a murky past, a convicted paedophile and a man who had attempted to murder his family and wanted to remove links about his crime. |