Google wants to limit the right to be forgotten policy. It was introduced last year by the EU, after the court decided that people had the right to request information was removed from search results if it was deemed no longer in the public’s interest. It would only be applied to people within the EU states, but would be applicable across all domains of the search engine giant.
However, an advisory group believes that it should not apply to the .com domain. The group backed Google’s position that it should only apply to the domains within the European Union jurisdiction, despite information from those within the EU possibly appearing on other search engines.
There were many debates over the right to be forgotten policy. People around the world raised their concerns, especially when the likes of pedophiles and doctors with numerous negative reviews were asking for information to be removed from the search engines. Some of the information was deemed important for the people, and there is an allowance for that within the EU ruling.
Despite being against the ruling, Google did remove requested search results from the European domains, including .co.uk and .fr. However, the .com domain remained as it once was, even though people could access it from European countries. It led to many European residents angry that their right to privacy was being undermined.
Google wants to limit the right to be forgotten policy, and the advisory group is on the company’s side. However, a group that represented the EU privacy regulators decided against the company. It stated that the right to be forgotten should apply globally. That would mean listings should be removed on all domain names. The Internet is global, which means the users’ rights should be protected globally. However, the group cannot enforce this decision as the domains are outside its jurisdiction.
The Google panel decided that there could be laws in other countries that would cause problems for removing results. It also backed the decision for Google to inform publishers when links were removed from the search results. At the moment, there is no option for the publishers to appeal against decisions, and the group believes that this should be the case.
When the controversial decision was made, many argued that it would mean other rights were affected. The freedom of speech was impended with the right to privacy being placed ahead of it once again. However, many of those in favor of the new law pointed out that the information was not removed from the Internet. It was just removed from the Google search results.
The right to be forgotten is only applicable to Google at the moment. However, there are many who worry that it will be applied to all search engines. This could be difficult considering the number of smaller search results available.
It is an ongoing matter. Right now, only the European domains are protected by the right to be forgotten ruling. Google wants to keep it that way, so to limit the right to be forgotten policy from its main .com domain.
By Alexandria Ingham