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Is EU's 'right to be forgotten' really the 'right to edit the truth'?

Sharon Gaudin | May 15, 2014
With Europe's top court ordering Google to allow people to basically edit their online personal histories, some wonder what this will mean for finding the truth online.

"That people can edit their own kind of histories? It doesn't bother me," he said. "You can do that now in different ways in different platforms, like pulling pictures off your Facebook account. It's not all that strange that you can pull other data down about you."

It's also a ruling that shouldn't cost Google, or other search engines, any revenue but will cost them countless headaches and administrative work.

"Google will have to build out some administrative capabilities in order to deal with the various deletion requests they're sure to start getting from EU citizens," Olds said. "This is a very slippery slope and sets a bad precedent. And they should brace themselves because privacy advocates in the U.S. will lobby for the same type of regulations here."

 

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