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January 21 2015

Right to be Forgotten' Ruling Should Not Make People Disappear Online

"It's a fact of modern life that we can't escape the far-reaching tentacles of internet search engines. But hope for those harbouring any skeletons came when the European Court of Justice ruled that search engines must erase, on request, search results that are ""inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant"". This followed a EU directive that seeks to protect an individual's ""right to be forgotten"". The ruling means that anyone can ask search engines to hide them in a specific search results, effectively ""erasing"" the reference to them. But it is not a perfect solution - it only affects European-based search engines and doesn't force a site to permanently delete a page."