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Is ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Really Helpful for Europeans

Abhishek Kumar Srivastava| Last updated: August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ is a hot topic of discussion, these days, in the citizens of 28 European Union countries and four non European countries, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein since recently a court has ordered that Google will have to remove the URLs from its search results about which one requests the search engine to remove them from the search results.

The decision has brought a big smile on the faces of those people against whom negative posts are there on Google in these countries as they expect now there would be no image tarnishing content against them on Google. But, they are absolutely wrong. The Google has decided that in search results it would show that Google has removed a URL abiding by the order passed by honorable court. Besides, the Google has decided that it would not remove the negative from its global search results. So, if you are a citizen of any European country which is part of the European Union and anything negative is there against you on Google, the search engine would remove the negative reviews from the search results of those countries which are part of the European Union and 4 other above mentioned countries, but the negative would be visible to anyone who searches your name on Google.com in these countries. So, think yourself that whether this ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ would really work for you. If you ask for my opinion, I would say no. Because now people will start searching your name on Google.com instead of Google of your country as they will be now well aware that they would not get anything negative against you in the search results of your country.

Lastly, I would say that in my opinion this ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ is not going to be very much helpful for anyone against whom anything negative is there on Google, as this will only encourage people to use Google.com more than the Google of their specific country.

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