Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is all set to fight back against the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. Following a ruling from the European Union Court of Justice under which, Google must remove personal information from search results upon requests.
In order to oppose against the ruling, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is planning public hearings in nearly seven different European cities and the campaign is likely to start in Madrid on September 9, although the critics have claimed it to be self-serving campaign.
The issue was raised by Spanish man, Mario Costeja González, against Google Spain when he was unable to get the information relating to his old house auction removed from the search results. The European judges Google must remove the information, which is no longer relevant and under the EU data protections “right to be forgotten” the pages related to the individuals must be removed.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is looking for a “robust debate” over the ruling and its implementation criteria, as said by a top lawyer, David Drummond. Google is not the only company to criticize the ruling and Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales, has called the ruling to be “deeply immoral” and even said that ruling will lead to an internet “riddled with memory holes.”
Drummond and Eric Schmidt, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Chairman, will be involved in preparing a draft that will highlight the implications of this ruling over internet users along with web publishers. Further, the company will recommend some potential suggestions for requests related to criminal convictions. One of the members of Google’s expert committee, Luciano Floridi, said, commented on Wales views that the ruling would amount to censorship. Floridi said,
“Censorship would be the removal of information for political or religious reasons. Censorship would be the removal of information for political or religious reasons.”
Critics are saying that the public hearings might serve as the right stage for Google to discussion its information handling and data transparency practices.
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.