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Google’s top lawyer says EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ restricts freedom of expression

11
Jul
2014

Googles chief legal officer has explained why the company disagrees with the EUs recent ruling that people have the right to be forgotten by its search engine. Writing in The Guardian, David Drummond explains the search giants problems with the judgement, saying that it contradicts the information on freedom of expression in the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that the language used by the court means the removal of results comes after very vague and subjective tests as to whether the information is of public interest. Google suggests the EUs ruling contradicts the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights Drummond says Google has received more than 70,000 takedown requests since May, covering 250,000 webpages, and provides examples of the kind of requests that he says highlight the difficult value judgements search engines and European society have to deal with after the ruling. Drummond says Google has to consider whether the information its requested to remove is in the public interest.

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