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If only we could tell Google to "Forget it!"

In Europe, you'll be able to:

Europe's highest court ruling Tuesday that people have the "right to be forgotten" and can ask Google to remove some sensitive information from Internet search results is "huge," privacy experts say. ...

It's going to create additional burdens for Google and other companies, and everyone understand that. But that's the cost of doing business if your business involves disseminating information," he said.

The judgment was handed down by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union in a development that highlights ongoing battles between supporters of privacy rights and those who advocate for freedom of expression.

"If, following a search made on the basis of a person's name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject [interesting concept] [/interesting]may approach the operator directly and, where the operator does not grant his request, bring the matter before the competent authorities in order to obtain, under certain conditions, the removal of that link from the list of results," the judges said in their ruling.

"An Internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties," the judges added.

Good for young people, too:

Ruth Collard, an expert on media law at London-based legal firm Carter Ruck, said: "There are fundamental issues involved regarding who on the Internet makes decisions about what content can be seen and how long for."

Collard added: "The ruling might have particular relevance to young people, who find that something embarrassing posted in their school or student days has continuing repercussions as they grow older, perhaps affecting the view potential employers take of them."

If you want that photo of you and the beer bong taken down, five years hence, you can do that. And you should be able to.

NOTE Adding, I think the real issue is ownership of the data. Personally, I think Google should give me a commission on all the hits from content I create. How to do that, I don't know, but the tech dudes can read Ted Nelson and figure it out.

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Submitted by quixote on

I've been saying this for years: privacy is not about data, it's about control.

Good for the Europeans! A person's data should be under that person's control. Duh, right?

If they really do force the Goog to implement it, I shall watch with considerable interest the future progress of their empire built on grabbing everyone's data and selling it on.... Oh, and, bwahahaha!