From Hamza Shaban at Washington Post:
Should Google remove content from its search results all around the world on the orders of a single foreign government? That’s the thorny question with broad free speech implications for Americans and political dissidents raised by a Supreme Court decision in Canada.
Google has argued that a worldwide order forcing it to delist Datalink isn’t necessary or effective, and that such a move should have been blocked because of free speech concerns. But the high court disagreed.
“This is not an order to remove speech that, on its face, engages freedom of expression values, it is an order to de-index websites that were in violation of several court orders,” the court wrote in its decision. “We have not, to date, accepted that freedom of expression requires the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods.”More.
Reality check: What a wonderful way of making Canada look foolish!
On the plus side,
1) The good news is that our Supreme Court, which has upheld absolutely unrestricted abortion abortion of all ages of child and will likely accommodate ever more loosening of restrictions against euthanasia may come to be seen as toothless except for those of us who must live (or die) under its rule.
2) The attempted government power grab against the internet will become more apparent to otherwise somnolent people because Canada is not a powerful nation.