Court to Google: 'Fogettaboutit'

Public policy and political process are still playing catch-up with technology and Google's headache around the 'right to be forgotten' is just one symptom of the disconnect.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Google, and by implication other search engines, must allow for individuals to have certain personal data blocked from search results. The case involved a Spanish national who wished to have personal data involving a foreclosure 16 years ago, an issue that has long since been resolved, removed from Google’s search results.  T

The ruling is being hailed as a major step forward in establishing a “right to be forgotten.” Critics however, will claim that judges should stay away from making public policy and leave that role to legislators.

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