I hate to bash Europe and it’s Court. I’m not one of those who bemoan the fact that they try to make our banana’s straight or rename our sausages as “emulsified high-fat offal tube”.
I should say – none of the examples above are true – they are just “euromyths” as set out in this BBC article.
However, one thing which has really concerned me lately is that the European court has backed the “right to be forgotten” and said Google must delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data from its results when a member of the public requests it.
So far, most of the requests to delete data are from bankrupts, criminals and those with unsavoury things to hide. How apt that this ruling should come from Europe – where their definition of privacy – varies greatly from what we in Britain regard as “private”.
You just need to look at France – where the actress linked to French President Francois Hollande, Julie Gayet, is suing the magazine that published photos of their alleged affair; as reported in many outlets including the BBC website. She is suing for breach of privacy – even though the facts are true.
And then today, I read an article from the BBC’s economics editor Robert Peston about a blog he wrote in 2007 which has been deleted by google because “in my blog, only one individual is named. He is Stan O’Neal, the former boss of the investment bank Merrill Lynch.
My column describes how O’Neal was forced out of Merrill after the investment bank suffered colossal losses on reckless investments it had made.”
You can read the full article here.
The original blog featuring Stan O’Neal is here.
This is just a charter for those who have skeletons in their closet – to not only close the door- but lock away the evidence and throw away the key. Hardly a modern democracy!