I have lots of thoughts on this topic, it is a hot one at that. Google is not the “master” of the data being shown about you. They are just a search engine. Having Google block searches of you does not meant that things cannot be found using a different browser, or in a news paper, or on a specific companies website. You cannot stop the information, it is going to be out there and if it can be found on the internet, it it probably public knowledge, by law, and should stay out there.
The European Court of Justice recently ruled that Google has to remove links to specific articles on (proper) request where the damage to the individual outweighs the public right to know.
It has generated a lot of reaction. Lots of people have done things, or have been accused of doing things, and would prefer that the records of that don’t appear when people do a search for them. If a pedophile or a corrupt politician wants to erase something from their past, then many of us would object. If it is someone who once had a bad debt and long since paid it off, that seems more reasonable. So is there any general principle that would be useful? I think so.
When someone is convicted of a crime, sometimes they are set to prison. When their sentence terminates, they are considered to have suffered enough punishment and are free to live a…
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