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11:27am on Wednesday, 14th May, 2014:

A Mistake


Normally, I prefer Europe's attitude to the Internet to that of North America, especially with regards to issues of privacy. However, the recent judgement by the European Court of Justice is a mistake in my view. It's fair enough to ask people who show false or intrusive information about an individual to take it down, but it's not fair to ask people who link to that information to do so. You should go for the source, not the links to it.

If I were in charge of Google, I'd be contacting the heads of other search engines with a view to going on strike for a day in response to this ruling. This is going to cost them dearly to implement, so a reminder to the powers in Europe that none of these search engines are obliged to service Europe's population might focus minds.

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