“The European Court of Justice struck a major blow against the right of internet companies to hold unlimited information on individuals when it ordered Google to remove links that are deemed “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant”.
The court’s decision will allow individuals the right to ask internet search engines to remove links to information about them that they do not want known – which could be seen either as an assertion of the right to privacy or an attack on free speech. Google and free speech activists reacted angrily to the court’s verdict which could guarantee individuals a “right to be forgotten” on the internet which is not currently available.”
Again the struggle is between the privacy and free speech advocates on both sides of the issue. Fortunately, we already have case law that enjoins various kinds of “publicity” including, but not limited to, libel and slander.
The issues involved in indiscriminate or frivolous “linking” will continue to be debated worldwide, not just in the EU.
Thanks to The Independent