SEARCH AND ADVERTISING COMPANY Google has bowed to pressure and will extend the Right to be Forgotten ruling to Google.com if the browser is in the European Union.
This is a change that many will see as overdue. Google has often been asked to go the whole hog on the ruling, but has not quite been forced to change it.
A report on The Guardian suggested that Google has acted of its own volition. We are a bit sketchy on the details as Google has yet to make a statement of its own. UK data watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) ought to know what is going on so we asked.
"The ICO is aware that Google has proposed changing the way it carries out the delisting of search results. This revised approach would appear to address the concerns previously set out by the ICO on the scope of the requirement to delist," the regulator said in a statement.
This is slightly hard to swallow. We never really expected Google to bend like this, as the firm gave it the big nay nay in the halcyon days of last summer.
"The Right to be Forgotten may now be the law in Europe, but it is not the law globally. We believe that no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access," said Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, at the time.
"We have worked hard to strike the right balance in our implementation of the European court's ruling. We are committed to continuing to work with regulators in this open and transparent way."
Things change, though, and people move on. Google must have softened its stance after repeated calls from outfits like France's CNIL, a privacy watchdog that has repeatedly asked for a bit more égalité on the Right to be Forgotten. µ
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