‘Right to be forgotten’ goes predictably wrong

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Google says lots of Europeans are not telling the truth, the whole and or anything resembling the truth when they ask to have search results about themselves “forgotten.”

Who could have predicted such an outcome? I mean who besides anyone with a modicum of common sense.

From a story by our IDG New Service:

In a letter to European data regulators, Google listed some of the challenges it faces in complying with the ruling, which allows people to compel search engines like Google and Bing to remove links to pages that mention their name, if the references are “inadequate,” “irrelevant” or “excessive.”

Part of the problem is that Google must often rely on information submitted by the requester in granting or rejecting a request.

“Some requests turn out to have been made with false and inaccurate information,” Google said in the letter. “Even if requesters provide us with accurate information, they understandably may avoid presenting facts that are not in their favor.”

Google has fielded 91,000 requests covering more than 338,000 URLs in just a few weeks.  Only about half of the URLs were deemed worthy of being removed, and, of course, that’s after applying a standard with which Google and many others vehemently disagree.

It’s absurd that Google, Microsoft Bing and other search engines are being asked to set up these “memory courts.” It’s absurd as a matter of principle. And it’s absurd as a matter of practicality.

Sooner or later European regulators will come to this realization, too, the ruling will be reversed, and this entire silly episode can be forgotten.

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