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5/13/2014
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Google Ordered To 'Forget'

European court rules Google must remove "irrelevant" links in certain situations to comply with EU law that gives people a right to be "forgotten."

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Lorna Garey
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5/14/2014 | 12:48:57 PM
Only one winner ...
and that's the lawyers who will no doubt spring up and offer to have inconvenient or embarrassing information removed.
dbrisco863
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5/14/2014 | 11:44:37 AM
Right to be forgotten
It seems odd to me that in an age where one of the more horrific tales of technology run amok is the erasure of ones complete identity that we seem to be embarking on the first steps of doing exactly that. Re-writing history or making deletions in it is a risky venture at best.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/14/2014 | 6:29:08 AM
Re: The European Court of Justice ??!!
@Gary_EL: Yes.  For instance, on InformationWeek! ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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5/14/2014 | 6:28:25 AM
Re: Rethinking
The difference with those mug shot companies and similar businesses is that their whole business model is a form of extortion -- whereas Google and Wikipedia are simply (relatively) evenhanded arbiters.

Online reputation management goes a long way.  Maybe you can't erase something from the Internet, but maybe you can at least bury it to Page 12 of Google Seach Results.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/14/2014 | 6:26:23 AM
It's not just about old debts and mug shots.
Can you imagine the fodder this would provide the Holocaust deniers if Hitler was alive today -- to express his "Right to be Forgotten"???
Gary_EL
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5/14/2014 | 3:13:19 AM
The European Court of Justice ??!!
The expunged information will show up on some site based somewhere where no one cares about the European Court of Justice. I just wish I were their advertising salesperson.
Andrew Binstock
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5/13/2014 | 9:27:24 PM
Hard to know what to think
I'm really torn on this. My head says "Really?!" while my heart says "It's OK."
Laurianne
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5/13/2014 | 6:12:05 PM
Re: Rethinking
It can be tough to erase legitimate mistakes from online records, including news accounts, but the line could get slippery fast. This NYT article a few months ago prompted change by some companies charging people to "erase" mug shots.
Charlie Babcock
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5/13/2014 | 6:03:17 PM
Our individual information has a long tail
This decision can only be implemented selectively, not uniformly and fairly, because of the way the court has decided the case. It means some information on indivuals will be suppressed, some not, depending on circumstances that will bear little relation to a fair process. We have to get used to the fact that information on individuals is going to have a long tail. The court is trying to take resonsibility for evaluating the worth of the information out of the hands of the reader and putting it in the hands of a legal process. I don't trust the evenhandedness of the outcome.
Drew Conry-Murray
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5/13/2014 | 5:09:37 PM
Rethinking
Interesting. My initial reaction to the headline was "This is great!" But after reading the article, I see that there's a more nuanced argument here, with potentially significant implications. 
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