Lance Ulanoff, Mashable, May 14, 2014
A top European Union court ruled on Tuesday that consumers can ask Google to remove potentially damaging content about them, also known as the preposterously-named “right to be forgotten.”
One problem: It’s exactly opposite of the way the Internet should work.
The EU’s action is such a fundamental misunderstanding of the web and digital record-keeping that it boggles the mind. Google’s job is not to police the Internet for negative comments or even dangerous information; that’s like saying a library can’t have books about Nazis or murder (or any less-than-praiseworthy biographies of Frank Sinatra).
If Google complies with this new rule (and they’re sure to put up a fight), how does it explain to the host sites that portions of their content are being hidden from search? Will it have a chance to appeal? What if actors or film directors try to hide bad reviews of their work — will the EU be the judge and jury for it all?
In my case, I found a simple way to “hide” the negative comments about me: Just keep working. I wrote more and more posts, and soon, the good comments and responses far outweighed the bad. You can still find some of the negative stuff, but it’s mostly buried digital miles deep under a mountain of reasonable online response.