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In Europe, the right to be forgotten trumps the Internet.

  • Europe strikes back by Jeevan Vasagar, Richard Waters & James Fontanella-Khan on September 15, 2014 - Financial Times

While the backlash against US technology dominance is spreading across the continent, nowhere is it stronger than in Germany.

Canadian consumers believe that technology will significantly change their lifestyle by 2025.

The European Commission (EC) on Thursday released a “mythbuster” on the controversial Court of Justice of the European Union ruling on the “right to be forgotten”.

A debate erupted in the comment section of Dave Zirin’s Nation blog after he wrote that “showing and reshowing [the elevator video of then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer] just because we can is an act of harm.”



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"The most notable thing about the debate on the right to be forgotten right now is that it tends to miss the point - though it looks like it's about freedom of expression, the bigger impact is on the business models of Google and others. There are far bigger threats to freedom of expression out there - from the overenthusiastic enforcement of copyright to the kind of 'porn' filters being pushed by the UK government and others - which don't get nearly as much attention as the right to be forgotten. Why? As much as anything because Google shapes the debate, and has convinced people to worry about it. In its current form, if Google does the enforcement right, rather than exaggerating it for effect, the threat to freedom of expression is minimal. It should work only on old, irrelevant information, and only deletes links using particular search terms. Anyone even slightly creative can find their way back to the source data - which is not, itself, deleted. It provides 'obscurity', not deletion. There are risks, of course, but as I said at the start, far smaller risks than those provided by other problems, problems which seem to be paid much less attention."
Paul Bernal

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