[European Union] More On Google and Removing and Replacing Newspaper Articles #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Yesterday I wrote about Google removing newspaper articles >from the BBC and
The Guardian--a UK newspaper-- that contained names of people who requested
under the recent European Union Court decision their "right" to request to
be removed >from search engines-such as Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. This is part
of the "right to be forgotten" that was permitted as a result of the EU
Court decision. In today's New York Times there is a further update
indicating that Google changed their decision on "delinking" certain
articles >from The Guardian as part of the "right to be forgotten". The lack
of specific guidance by the European Union Court as to what may or may not
be permitted to be removed resulted in increased confusion and certainly
more emphasis as to what the Proposed Data Privacy Regulations will try to
cover. The European Union Court decision only affected search engines-the
Proposed Data Privacy Regulation has a much broader scope as to what it
affects-and if passed will affect all businesses doing business in the
European Union regardless of where they are headquartered. The New York
Times article may be read at: http://tinyurl.com/nu9o6xm
Original url:

The issue of the "right to be forgotten" and the "right to be erased" is of
concern to genealogists and for those of us not living in one of the European
Union 28 member states as the idea may well spread to other parts of the world.
As mentioned in a previous posting, a California law was enacted last year and
becomes effective next January includes a provision known as the "Delete Button"
or "Eraser" law, which allows minors under 18 to request that companies delete
specified information that the requestor had previously posted online. The issue
is one worth genealogists following.

If you are in a country outside the EU and learn of similar legislation or
regulations for your country please share the information with me so that the IAJGS
Public Records Access Monitoring Committee may get involved.

Thank you to Eden Joachim for sharing the NY Times article with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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