Google doesn’t want to give up those nudes you “accidentally” posted on the web two years ago. Why? Protection of your first amendment rights. Duh.
European courts are supporting the “right to be forgotten,” a new term used to describe the desire to have certain information on the Internet exterminated. In the hopes of making a permanent delete button, European courts are pushing the idea that every member of the public is entitled to have, “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data erased from the web on their request.
Once this news reaches the masses, Google, and all other search engines, should expect a tidal wave of requests to demolish millions gigabytes of undesirable information. Remember that viral video of you tripping on the ice this winter? Delete.
According to an article posted on The Guardian, Google isn’t too happy about the news. The officials at Google argue that this ruling hinders citizens freedom of speech, and free speech activist strongly agree. Google officials voice that, “this is a disappointing ruling for search engines and online publishers in general.”
The law hasn’t been approved just yet, and the official verdict needs the green light from 28 European governments before it’s etched in stone. Don’t think for a second Google isn’t fighting back.
Facebook, Google, and many other Internet companies are campaigning against the law, arguing over “the invasion of Internet freedom” and the projected “costs incurred by dealing with relentless requests for the removal of information.”
Will the ability to permanently delete something make people more reckless with their sharing habits? Only time will tell. Until then, we urge you to share with caution.