In 2014 the European Court of Justice decided that a person has the right to have links on Internet taken away from search engines results if the information on the site was ”inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive”. The European Unions censorship of Internet has started.
In 2014 the European Court of Justice decided that ”personal information” on the Internet can be taken away from the searchengines result. This principle is known as ”the right to be forgotten”. The reason why a person has ”the rigth to be forgotten” on Internet depends on a spanish case. Mario Costeja Gonzáles had found information on Internet regarding his house that was auctioned so that he could recover his social security debts. Maria meant that this situation was solved long time ago and shouldn’t be linked to him when someone did a search on Google. Mario told the newspaper The Guardian:
”I was fighting for the elimination of data that adversely affets peoples’s honour, dignity and exposes their private lives”.
”INADEQUATE, IRRELEVANT OR EXCESSIVE INFORMATION”
The European Court of Justice ruled that under existing data protection laws that Google has to remove links to two pages regarding Mario Costeja Gonzáles. The judges said that the data that could appear to be ”inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive”.
The EU has also required that the right to be forgotten also must apply for EU-citizens outside the European Union, for example in the U.S.searchresult, which is against the First Amendment.
Peter Fleishcer from Google says:
”If other countries that have established a right to be forgotten also push for global adoption, then Google might have to remove links everywhere to satisfy regulators. Google believe that no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access”.
Jimmy Wales – founder of Wikipedia – agree with Googles statement and he says:
”If we’re asking Google to comply in every version of Google worldvide, it becomes very hard to say where we want Google to draw the line. It’s a race to the bottom. Governments around the world will immediately say: ”Great, we’ll ask for things to be deleted worldwide”.
Countries in Asia, Latin America have been influnced by the EU:s ”right to be forgotten” and delinking have become more frequent in these areas.
Well there you have it: the Europeans Unions censorship of the Internet. This law will of course be used to censor ”sensitive information”, especially critical information on EU-politicians and EU in general. This law will expand and an open Internet will be lost. The next step will be to order websites to remove information that ”appears to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive”.
Thanks for the censorship of the Internet EU.