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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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European Court Upholds "Right to be Forgotten"

It is said that "time heals all wounds." Not so in the age of the Internet. Nowadays, one's missteps are forever just a click away for all the world to see, but perhaps not for long. The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favor of a man who sued Google for continuing to include news about the 1998 repossession of his home in searches for his name despite the fact that he has long since overcome his financial troubles. The ruling sets an important precedent regarding the "right to be forgotten" and could mean that Internet companies will now have to remove inadequate, irrelevant, outdated, or excessive personal information from search engine results. More...
Henry Martinez
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:28:51 PM

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Thank God!!! Bless the European Union. Finally someone fights the invasion of our personal rights to privacy. I will never understand how the public stands by while Google demands personal information about their lives and transmits it around the globe. Is everyone so desperate to have their existence acknowledged. Google is allowed to do whatever they wish with anything written or any photos taken even in the most private of time's. The people cannot object, they cannot demand removal, they can do nothing but watch while mistakes made while very young or under some kind of influences, or naively believing no one else could use what they assumed was private correspondence. Maybe this will be the weak spot in Google's armour that precipitates their eventual destruction.
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:19:13 PM

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The right to be forgotten…

Who wouldn'tt want to be forgotten?
Ah, but that's godly power, my friends.
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:30:58 PM

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They have gone after the wrong people. Google just searches the internet and lists the pages. If there is material out there that you don't want available to the public, force THE WEBSITE IT IS ON to take it down. Google did not put it there, and stopping google getting results from a google search doesn't make it any less public.

The people who drafted this law think the computer is little magic box, and the wizards at google hold all the information. They are morons.

I am not an apologist for google, they have other issues with privacy and financial integrity. But in this case they are just listing the sites publicly available, and they are not the only way to find them. The idiots who came up with this idea have entirely missed the point!
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