Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results

www.npr.org Published: May 13, 2014

In case you missed it, Europe's highest court has set a new precedent: Individuals in 28 European countries can now they consider harmful. Is this ruling a big win for the individual? Or does this break the Internet?



Companies like Google already routinely field takedown requests for material that violates defamation or copyright, but this is different. The Tuesday by the European Court of Justice requires search engines to consider takedown requests that are merely embarrassing or harmful.

"Data belongs to the individual, not to the company," said EU Commissioner Viviane Reding, . "Unless there is a good reason to retain this data, an individual should be empowered — by law — to request erasure of this data."

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