May 30, 2014

Will Google bring the "right to be forgotten" to the US now that is is implemented in EU?

I'm a fairly private sort of guy - generally use TOR, real name isn't jack12, etc. In my opinion it is too easy to find personal information through online searches. The EU just forced the issue with the "right to be forgotten" ruling, which allows people to ask Google to remove links to info about them. I think that's great. If you don't mind people having access to your info, you don't have to do anything. It you don't want people to have access to your info, you just request that you be "forgotten." What are the chances we will see this come to the US once Google has figured out the mechanics of compliance with the EU rule?


No way that is happening in the US. There is a much greater tendency to protect people against corporate overreach in Europe. There is almost no political will to do so in the US. You can barely pass a common sense restriction on industrial emmisions in the US without someone screaming about socialism. There is such deference in the US to companies that laws favoring the individual's interests over that of corporations are almost never passed. For a certain percentage of lawmakers, the corporation is the entitry to be trusted over any other. Need to imprison your citizens? Get a for profit company to do it. Need to give out speeding tickets? Contract with a for-profit company to put in speed cameras. It's a screwed up mindset. Plus, in a country like the US where the government is doing everything it can to Hoover up all possible data on individuals, there is little real motivation to pass privacy protection laws.  

I think we'll probably see a lawsuit related to it, but who knows how the courts in the US will rule? I don't think there's any way to predict that, but we'll find out soon enough.
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