A PANEL OF ADVISORS, all of whom were selected by Google, has found it right that Google should limit the onerous business of complying with the Right to be Forgotten rules to Europe and not the other parts of the internet.
The demand to be pushed down a .com black hole is rising, and Google has established a brains trust to consider whether it should capitulate. Good news for Google, it ruddy well does not.
The group, which includes Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Le Monde editorial director Sylvie Kauffman, was asked by Google to ponder the ruling of the European Court of Justice and to see how far it should stretch. The short answer is not much further.
"We were invited, as independent experts, to join the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten following the EU Court of Justice ruling in Google Spain vs Agencia Española de Protección de Datos and Mario Costeja Gonzalez in May 2014," says the Right to be Forgotten report (PDF).
"Google asked us to advise it on performing the balancing act between an individual's right to privacy and the public's interest in access to information."
The report and its findings are based on the views of these experts, the chats that they have had with people, legal papers and feedback from the internets. That all adds up to a system that does what is asked of it.
"Given concerns of proportionality and practical effectiveness it concludes that removal from nationally directed versions of Google's search services within the EU is the appropriate means to implement the ruling at this stage," the panel found.
We asked Google to comment on the ruling of the independent, but travel-funded eight-strong thinking party, but the company referred us to the contents of the report.
This panel would like to see Google keep things practical and proportional, but others, like the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC), would very much like to see the .com domain fall under the ruling.
EPIC said in a report that 61 percent of US citizens would like to see the right applied to them, adding that the Japanese government already has the system in place. µ
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