CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Apparently, you have the right to be forgotten by GOOGLE in Europe, but not here in the U.S., at least not yet.
European courts ruled last year that European residents can ask search engines to delete their search results if they’re inaccurate, inflammatory or irrelevant. It’s called the “right to be forgotten.”
Some people think the “right to be forgotten” should be global, but we’re not there yet.
“Yes Computers” service technician Anthony Russell-Smith told 22News it’s not easy for the “big guys” to scrub unflattering and inaccurate search results. “It’s a lot of work to implement a black list filter such as this, and google was only ordered to do it in Europe. So they only did it there for now. They have the potential to do it world wide, but that would require more work.”
Russell-Smith told 22News one problem with this plan is that there’s no overriding authority to determine what’s true and what’s not, so potentially anyone could submit a request to take down damaging search results, even though they’re true.
“Let’s say embarrassing information about a political candidate or a multi-national corporation could find itself erased from the internet.”