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GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 3:37 p.m. PST

on Google don't seem to be having the intended effect.

Basically, in the EU people have gained the right to be 'forgotton' by search engines such as Google as far as old news go. Some of these were BBC stories so obviously the BBC is reporting it as a new news stories and providing links to the originals…


… such as the car thief branded 'an idiot' by his own barrister link and an entry on the 'merits of hummus' link

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Aug 2014 2:10 a.m. PST

Apparently there's a website, "", where you can catch up on the entries which have been … well, hidden from Google. That's humans for you, they'll get round anything!

freewargamesrules Inactive Member20 Aug 2014 3:44 a.m. PST

There are certain aspects of the act I agree with. If you were wrongly accused and found innocent you should be removed.

However, criminals and paedophiles wanting their past records removed should be refused. People have made comments on blogs and newspages and now want the whole page removed as they regret what they've said. Tough think before you comment.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member20 Aug 2014 8:16 a.m. PST

That would generally be my view. If someone else publishes something about you that is derogatory then you should have the right to have it removed if it is wrong or unproven – and by wrong I don't mean that only you think it's wrong – and can be shown to be having a detrimental effect on you.

If it can be shown to be correct or has been proven, then I think removal should only occur in exceptional circumstances.

Put it on yourself or give permission for use – for example, you gave an interview or made a comment on a forum – then you did it – live with it.

Parzival25 Aug 2014 12:02 p.m. PST

If a "right" requires others to act in order for the "right" to even happen, then there's a good chance it's not really a right.

The right to free speech requires others to do nothing.
The right to freedom of belief (religion) requires others to do nothing.
Even the right to property really only requires that others refrain from taking what everyone agrees is someone else's stuff.

But the "right to be forgotten" requires that others act to deliberately destroy evidence of one's foolish actions. That's not a right, that's a fool's dream.

Last Hussar22 Nov 2014 6:40 a.m. PST


If you are liable to be fired because you espouse a point of view your employer disagrees with then you don't have free speech – you have to arrange your life to accomodate someone else.

Or the US myth of the pilgrims fleeing religious persecution. Actually their religious freedom was persecuting others. ISIS are just expressing their religion.

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