Thursday, May 15, 2014

Workaround Suggestion for Google in Europe

Google will now have to filter their search results in much of Europe to exclude personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant."

This seems patently ridiculous.

In order to request the removal, the individual would have to file some paperwork somewhere with someone.  By definition they are then publicizing the information themselves.

I hope Google comes up with a creative solution... like entering all such requests into a publicly accessible database that is included in Google's own search index.

It is difficult to say the information is "irrelevant or no longer relevant" (are these two different states?) if someone believes the information is important enough to file a request to have it removed from the records.  That makes the information newsworthy in itself.

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