How Google determined our right to be forgotten

Google has acted as judge, jury and executioner in the wake of Europe’s right to be forgotten ruling. But what does society lose when a private corporation rules public information?

Nine months after the European ruling, it is clear that Google’s implementation has been fast, idiosyncratic, and allowed the company to shape interpretation to its own ends, as well as to gain an advantage on competitors and regulators forced into reactive mode. It avoided a broader and much deeper reflection on digital public space, information sedimentation, and the exploration of collaborative solutions between public and private actors – such as a joint request service across different search engines, with processes for getting confidential advice from publishers and public officials.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Industry

Tags: Internet, URL, personal data, delisting, privacy, Google vs Spain, public information, right to be forgotten

Posted on Wednesday 18 February 2015

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