LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM – Here in the old U.S. of A., we believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But thanks to the European Union Court of Justice, we might have to add the right to be forgotten.
It’s all because some Spanish guy objected to a Google search coming up with the story of a local bank foreclosing on his house.
The court said people have the right to control their private information and to request that search engines to forget about it.
But, the court added that people don’t have the right to be forgotten in all things, only those that are inaccurate or irrelevant.
Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, likes the ruling, posting on Facebook that it’s a clear victory for the protection of the personal data of Europeans.
Big data need big rights, she said.
The ruling affects all search engines operating in Europe. But it only allows people to ask to be removed. Search engines don’t have to automatically do it.
But if you really want to be forgotten, just go live in the Amazon jungle and put a bone through your lip.