In what has been called a "right to be forgotten," the top European court has ruled that Google must allow "ordinary people" to request that links to irrelevant and outdated data should be erased on request. Google was not impressed, stating that "it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the internet."
The ruling came after Mario Costeja Gonzalez complained that a search of his name in Google brought up newspaper articles from 16 years ago about a sale of property to recover money he owed.
He said the matter had been resolved and should no longer be linked to him.
Campaign group Index on Censorship condemned the decision, saying it "violates the fundamental principles of freedom of expression".
"It allows individuals to complain to search engines about information they do not like with no legal oversight," it said.
"This is akin to marching into a library and forcing it to pulp books."
|Reclusive North Korea, Now Visible on Google Maps|
|Google's UAV Spies|
|Is Google Stealing Your Content and Hijacking Your Traffic?|
|Everything GMail Knows About You (And Hands Over to the NSA)|
|Google Dashboard: Now You Know What Google Knows About You|
|"Frozen brains could be thawed and inserted into a donor body."|
|"Have you ever pondered why we itch in the first place?"|
|"Every saint and every sinner in the history of our species lived out their lives on a spec of dust suspended in space."|
|Head Transplant Hailed a Success|
|"Academics who study basic income said the pilot gives a chance to see how the idea plays in a changed economy."|
|Google's Self-Driving Cars Giving Rides to the Public|
|"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."|
|"You look in the mirror and see your body and your face and you think that’s you—but that’s really just the machine you’re riding in."|
|"This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst."|
|Religious Loophole to Turn Lights On and Off During Shabbat|
|Where AI is Currently At|