If you’ve ever wanted to ungoogle yourself, there's a strong chance your wish could be granted.
The highest court in the European Union has ruled that individuals can now ask Google to remove links to news articles, legal judgments and other information that comes up during a simple name search.
That doesn’t mean a person can make their name disappear from the cyber world, however. The ruling applies only to links in search results and not the original article or “offending” material. according to the Wall Street Journal.
“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 may approach the operator directly,” to ask for the material to be removed, the court said.
As expected, Google isn’t so thrilled about this new privacy ruling. The search engine, tech giant called the ruling on the right to be forgotten “disappointing,” adding that it needed time to figure out the consequences. Search-engine operators don’t have to comply with every request to be removed. If they don’t, however, those individuals can then ask their national data-protection authorities to intervene and order the links be deleted.
The decision stems from a case involving a Spanish man who wanted links to stories about his debts removed from Google’s search engine results.
Wonder if such a ruling is heading to the States...
(Photo: Courtesy of Google)