Google To EU Regulators: No One Country Should Censor The Web Globally. Poll Finds Canadians Support 'Right To Be Forgotten'
For those watching privacy legislation in Europe, MediaPost reported:
"... Maciej Szpunar, an advisor to the highest court in the EU, sided with Google in the fight, arguing that the right to be forgotten should only be enforceable in Europe -- not the entire world. The opinion is non-binding, but seen as likely to be followed."
For those unfamiliar, in the European Union (EU) the right to be forgotten:
"... was created in 2014, when EU judges ruled that Google (and other search engines) must remove links to embarrassing information about Europeans at their request... The right to be forgotten doesn't exist in the United States... Google interpreted the EU's ruling as requiring removal of links to material in search engines designed for European countries but not from its worldwide search results... In 2015, French regulators rejected Google's position and ordered the company to remove material from all of its results pages. Google then asked Europe's highest court to reject that view. The company argues that no one country should be able to censor the web internationally."
No one corporation should be able to censor the web globally, either. Meanwhile, Radio Canada International reported:
"A new poll shows a slim majority of Canadians agree with the concept known as the “right to be forgotten online.” This means the right to have outdated, inaccurate, or no longer relevant information about yourself removed from search engine results. The poll by the Angus Reid Institute found 51 percent of Canadians agree that people should have the right to be forgotten..."
Consumers should have control over their information. If that control is limited to only the country of their residence, then the global nature of the internet means that control is very limited -- and probably irrelevant. What are your opinions?