I first noticed it a couple of days ago: a search for a musician led to a page with a note at the bottom. “Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe – LEARN MORE“. For the first time, the impacts of the recent European ruling became clear: Google was no longer my unconstrained source of knowledge (although it clearly won’t go down without a fight).
The legislation, simply put, is a ‘right to be forgotten‘, a right to ask Google to remove specific links to a page that mentions you. Clearly there has to be a reason but, if it’s within the terms of the ruling, down it goes. Where this hits the site of a media outlet or publisher, Google has been letting them know, causing a predictable flurry of articles today from media sites about the whole business.
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