A lot has been written about the European court decision and the right to be forgotten. It seems that about 12’000 people now asked Google to get something deleted.
There are different aspects now, when we look into this:
- I guess it would cause a wrong sense of security â€“ well better privacy â€“ if somebody thinks that now the Internet will forget. It will not. Even if Google is able to delete something from their index (and let’s assume for a second that they really catch everything), there are still plenty of other locations, where your party picture might reside. You still need to assume that what you post on the Internet will stay there.
- How long will this energy last? Now, a lot is written about this, the theme has some coverage. How long will it take until people do not care anymore? Snowden showed that people tend to forget fast.
- Is this court decision now good â€“ or even counter-productive? I am not sure. So far I told everybody that the Internet does not forget. Teenies started to understand that and were probably more reluctant to post. People might now think that his is no longer true â€“ back to my point 1
To be clear, I think it is a very good development and definitely the right decision. However, we should not overestimate the impact
- ‘Forgotten’ by Google? Forget it… (itv.com)
- Google “Right to be Forgotten” Form Lets You Delete Embarrassing Links (technobuffalo.com)
- If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ Judgment? (amberhawk.typepad.com)
- The disconnect between marketers and Google Plus (smartsign.com)
- Google flooded with ‘right to be forgotten’ requests (telegraph.co.uk)