This is a very interesting question. What do you do when the right to privacy collides right into the freedom of speech? Is one right more superior to the other? What are the implications of cross-jurisdictional boundaries?
On Thursday, an advisory council to Google published its report on the European Union’s recently recognized legal principle of the “right to be forgotten” online. The report is the outcome of seven consultations with many experts and the public in Europe from September to November 2014. Luciano Floridi, one of the members of the advisory council, shares his thoughts about the report and the future of the debate.
REPORT SUMMARY: When Google approves a delink request in Europe, the report recommends Google continue its practice of removing the link across all its European versions of Google (Google.fr in France, Google.de in Germany, etc). The report suggests four main criteria that may help Google to evaluate individual deleting requests: 1) the pubic role of the data subject, 2) the types of information that may bias towards a private or public interest, 3) the source of the information (e.g. a newspaper) and 4) the time frame (relevance of old information). The report also advised that publishers should be notified of delinking requests and should have means to challenge improper delinkings.