Google rejects "right to be forgotten" global censorship

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Google rejects "right to be forgotten" global censorship

Postby Juanm » Friday July 31st, 2015 14h12:53

From Google Europe blog
However, earlier this summer, France’s data protection regulator, the CNIL, sent us a formal notice ordering us to delist links not just from all European versions of Search but also from all versions globally. That means a removal request by an individual in France, if approved, would not only be removed from and other European versions of Google Search, but from all versions of Google Search around the world.

This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web.

While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be “gay propaganda."

If the CNIL’s proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world’s least free place.

This confrontation among EU "right to be forgotten" and other free-speech limitations in other countries like gay propaganda, critics to Ataturk or Thailand's king is enlightening.

EU "right to be forgotten" is plain censorship, at request from individual within a legal framework valid only in EU(SSR) and not in the whole world. It's nonsense +asking to extend it to other countries outside EU legislation.

BTW Europeans don't have any right to teach free speech and democracy to other people while they are actively censoring data under objectionable "privacy" law.

Google posts continues as follow

We believe that no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access. We also believe this order is disproportionate and unnecessary, given that the overwhelming majority of French internet users—currently around 97%—access a European version of Google’s search engine like, rather than or any other version of Google.

As a matter of principle, therefore, we respectfully disagree with the CNIL’s assertion of global authority on this issue and we have asked the CNIL to withdraw its Formal Notice.

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