Paedophile, misbehaving politician and GP unhappy with review scores among those inundating Google with ‘right to be forgotten’ requests after EU ruling

A man convicted of possessing child pornography, a misbehaving politician seeking re-election and a doctor with bad reviews.

These are among the flood of people who have already contacted Google demanding that their internet histories be deleted.

Earlier this week Europe’s highest court ruled people now have the “right to be forgotten,” meaning around 500 million internet users could have links which tarnish their reputation removed.

An investigation by Mail Online has found a paedophile has asked for stories about his conviction to be taken down from the site while a politician tried to have pieces about his behaviour in office deleted.

Commentary from The Financial Times:

There may be arcane logic under European law to classifying internet search engines as “data controllers” along with publishers and holders of personal data such as government computers. But this only shows that the EU’s 1995 data protection directive is an ass.

A line will soon form to knock out revealing photographs, bits of tawdry gossip, legal orders, past convictions and anything that anyone finds an embarrassment. Before long, people’s search results will start to resemble official biographies, recording only the facts that they want other people to know, and not the remainder of reality.
The absurdity of the Luxembourg ruling is that search engines will no longer be allowed to link to stories and information that are published legally. This is not like copyright enforcement in the US, under which music and film companies can get Google to remove links to illegal content piracy sites.