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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Google, Wikipedia & Others Need To Stop Monkeying Around "Right To Be Forgotten"

As if the entire farce around the "Right To Be Forgotten" decree from the European courts was not ridiculous enough, the Wikimedia Foundation has joined in the fray by announcing that they will post notices for each indefinite removal of Wikipedia search results.


In the words of Lila Tretikov, Executive Director at the Wikimedia Foundation, "We appreciate that some companies share our commitment to transparency and are providing public notice. This disclosure is essential for understanding the ruling’s negative impacts on all available knowledge."

This whole business is getting out of hand - Google's just removing search results without much thought, almost as if to spite the European government for their decree, and by doing so somehow thinking they can prove that it was a ridiculous ruling (which it was, if truth be told).

Wikipedia on the other hand, posted a monkey's selfie and refused to take it down because the copyright couldn't belong to an animal.

It seems as if both of the Web's greatest sources of information are want to mould copyright law and privacy laws to suit them, and then when they're forced to comply with external regulation they start throwing their toys out of the pram.

What's up with that, eh?

Does someone at Google actually hope that if they just remove search results in droves the courts of justice will quiver in their boots and take back the ruling?

While I'm against the censorship of SERPs, to a very large extent, I am also against large corporations such as Google and Wikimedia throwing their weight around and trying to influence laws to suit them.

Is there a happy medium somewhere?