• Sam Thomas

    The beginning of censorship of the internet. Plain and simple.

  • abigail_rocket_blast

    According to the BBC ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27423527 ), the first requests following the ruling are from a paedophile, a dodgy politician and a doctor who had complaints from his patients.

    And so it begins. If the EU court responsible for this ridiculous decision didn’t see this coming they’re fools, and I hope they’re now getting some inkling of what they’ve set in motion.

  • Mman

    Only the corrupt european politicians could ask for this “right”, “right” to hide what they did wrong at any time, what about right of the people to been informed? If you don’t have nothing to hide, you don’t need nothing to be forgotten … good notice for drug sellers, politicians, … plus, someone would ask google to delete this post due to the comments.

  • Matilija

    The start of the end of Google’s power over us. Good!

  • Andrew Shotland

    This also sounds like a boon for reputation management consulting. Now you can pretty much guarantee results and make a decent profit off people who have no clue. Reminds me of those guys who will collect money the government owes you for a fee when all you have to do is fill out a form.

  • Steve H.

    And who is the “leak” for those horrible anonymous examples…Google?. Isn’t there a terrorist example reported by goo…sorry by BBC? So the first examples, from millions of regular citizens with some “youth mistakes”, are blatant immoral cases… Jane Wakefield? I know this name…

    Google will evolve, as always do, to accommodate democratic values. If not, will perish.

    FYI, The right to be forgotten is supported by the majority of european google users. Do your own poll and save your pr money. Hey, don’t take my word for it, by all means, spend if you must.

  • Durant Imboden

    What about search results from the sites that are allowed to leave content online? For example, if Juan Doe were listed in a public database of convicted drunk drivers, would that public database be required to purge the conviction from its search results (but not from its public data records) on request?

  • paulaspeak

    Where does privacy protection end and censorship begin? I am a privacy advocate, but also a freedom-of-information advocate. This court ruling may be well-intentioned (or not, as Greg suspected it may result from “antipathy toward Google”), but how impractical and unwise! I almost pity the search engines for being stuck in the middle.

  • SlowNSteady

    Sounds like you only advocate you own privacy and advocate freedom of everyone else’s information.

  • EricPost

    The beginning? Please blocking websites in Europe, from Pirate Bay to Nazi sites in Germany, this has been going on for years. Don’t forget Google going out of its way to cooperate with Communist China.