Those pushing to be removed from Google search results include a convicted cyber stalker and a man who tried to kill his family.
An EU ruling on Tuesday, that search engines should remove links to information that is irrelevant or incorrect, and prejudicial to a person, has led to more than 1,000 requests to Google for information to be taken down.
Sky News sources say they include a business wanting to remove forum posts about it cheating customers, a man who tried to kill his family asking for the news story not to be linked to, and a convicted cyber stalker requesting that a story mentioning his name be dropped.
Not the most pleasant company.
But I’ve also spoken to others who feel they have legitimate reasons to request links be removed.
One person who committed fraud on a technicality – although he says he rightly takes the blame – says the right to be forgotten would help him and his business move on.
Another person spoke of how a negative, and unfounded, review nearly ruined her business, and caused a huge amount of personal distress.
And criminal convictions that legally become spent hang around a lot longer online.
The reporting in the press on the EU ruling has been polarised.
Either information should flow completely freely, or individual citizens should be able to edit their online profiles.
The two strands of thought have been in opposition for a lot longer than the internet has existed, and will continue their battle.
We’ve already started to see the ruling’s real life effects and unintended consequences. And it looks like they will be just as messy and divided.
Source :Sky News