Supporting the EU’s disgracefully arbitrary ‘right to be forgotten’ censorship…Google starts censoring google.com for countries affected by EU censorship demands

Posted: 5 March, 2016 in EU, Internet
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Google logo If you use Google in Europe, your search results will be censored under the EU’s’s disgraceful ‘right-to-be-forgotten’.Until now if you used Google.com rather than, say, Google.de, you could still find results that have been arbitrarily removed based on how loud people shout.

The censorship has been implemented as follows. Assume that someone in Germany files a Right To Be Forgotten request to have some listing censored for their name. If granted, the censorship will work like this for searches on that person’s name:

  • Listing censored for those in Germany, using ANY version of Google.
  • Listing censored for those in the EU, using a European version of Google.
  • Listing NOT censored for those outside Germany but within the EU, using non-European versions of Google.
  • Listing NOT censored for those outside the EU, using ANY version of Google.

Google’s Peter Fleischer explained the reasons for the censorship:

We’re changing our approach as a result of specific discussions that we’ve had with EU data protection regulators in recent months.

We believe that this additional layer of delisting enables us to provide the enhanced protections that European regulators ask us for, while also upholding the rights of people in other countries to access lawfully published information.

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