31 Jul 2014

Should you be able to ask Google to forget you? The House of Lords say no.

In May of this year, the European Court of Justice ruled that search engines are responsible for the content that they point to, and so subject to EU privacy laws. Under these laws, Europeans have the right to request content be removed from public view, if the content deals with an activity they were involved in that is no longer occurring.

This ruling prompted more than 12,000 requests on the first day to have personal details removed from Google. In total, 90,000 requests have been submitted so far.

However, The Lords EU subcommittee – which deals with topics such as immigration, sport and education – has said that the ruling is simply “wrong”.

“We do not believe that individuals should have a right to have links to accurate and lawfully available information about them removed, simply because they do not like what is said,” stated Baroness Prashar, Chairman of the Sub-committee.

The debate will continue to rage over this matter, with Google’s Advisory Council seeking applications for public comment, and will hold meetings where selected experts can testify across Europe.