right to remember and censorship

EU 'right to be forgotten' ruling paves way for censorship by Olivia Solon (WIRED UK)

Another major issue is that one person's right to be forgotten is another person's right to remember. Stories are rarely about a single person -- what happens if one person in an article wants it removed and a second person doesn't?

Bafflingly, the ruling goes completely against the opinion given by Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen last June. He said that Google should not be held responsible for content from third parties and that the Directive does not establish a general 'right to be forgotten', but merely the rights to rectification or deletion of data that is "incomplete or inaccurate". He said that "subjective preference alone does not amount to a compelling legitimate grounds" for deleting personal data that are contrary to a person's interests. Doing so, he said, would amount to "censorship".

Why on Earth did the Court of Justice of the European Union not listen to him?

Author: Khürt Williams

Hello, I'm Khürt, a Gen X-er residing near Princeton University in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, with a passion for aquariums, terrariums, and photography, capturing moments with digital and 35mm film cameras. I find solace in the woods through hiking, and my eclectic musical tastes span soca, Afrobeat, calypso, 1990s rap, grunge rock, and alternative genres. My tech interests are towards open-source software, Linux, UNIX, and Apple products, particularly macOS.

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