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    Google fights plan to extend 'right to be forgotten'

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45484300

    European rules that allow individuals the "right to be forgotten" online could be extended worldwide.

    The European Court of Justice is hearing evidence on the matter and will rule in 2019.

    Google argues that extending the law could turn it into a tool for censorship, in "less democratic" regimes.

    France's regulator said that Google is currently not respecting the rights of citizens to have information erased.

    A panel of 15 judges will hear evidence from 70 or more stakeholders in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

    The right to be forgotten became law in 2014, following the case of Spaniard Mario Costeja who successfully argued that out-of-date details about his financial circumstances should be removed from Google.

    At the time, the ECJ ruled that information deemed "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" should be delisted.

    While the content remains online, it cannot be found via online searches of an individual's name.

    Google, which was not happy with the judgement, complied but only by delisting requests on local country domains, something which angered regulators.

    Since 2014, the search engine has received more than 700,000 requests to delist information amounting to 2.7 million web addresses.

    It has complied with less than half (44%).

    France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes wants the court to clarify whether the delisting should extend beyond the French version of Google's search engine to all versions across the world.

    As well as affecting other search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo, the judgement could also affect social networks.

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    Google's position remains unchanged from 2015 when lawyer Kent Walk said in a blogpost: "No one country should be able to impose its rules on the citizens of another country, especially when it comes to linking to lawful content.

    "Adopting such a rule would encourage other countries, including less democratic regimes, to try to impose their values on citizens in the rest of the world."

    The search giant has the backing of a wide range of human rights and media organisations, including Article 19, a British-led human rights organisation.

    It will urge the Luxembourg court to "limit the scope of the right to be forgotten".

    "European data regulators should not be allowed to decide what internet users around the world find when they use a search engine," Thomas Hughes, Article 19 executive director said.

    "If European regulators can tell Google to remove all references to a website, then it will be only a matter of time before countries like China, Russia and Saudi Arabia start to do the same."

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    All your data are belong to Googlag.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintian an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
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    All your data are belong to Googlag.
    On the other side you allow any totalitarian government in the world to censor the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    On the other side you allow any totalitarian government in the world to censor the internet.
    Yep.

    Both are dangerous. Data can always be used against you. But. Censorship keeps people from learning and overcoming real problems. Such as the balancing act between privacy and having a search engine with good and unbiased search results. I have forever said I would be just fine with Online Advertising if they were not trying to use Ads as a means to invade everyones privacy. Id prefer the untargetted non tracking ads. But companies with power simply do not want that, and dont care if they ruin your life by disclosing your religious or political affiliations to your employers.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintian an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    You are Ron Paul's Media!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.



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