1. Google’s dilemma:
Writing in the Guardian last week, Google general counsel David Drummond described the trouble the European unit of his company is having trying to implement a European Union court’s decision that the search giant must eliminate links to certain web articles or postings about people that these people claim are unduly embarrassing.
The European court’s “right to be forgotten decision,” Drummond wrote, “found that people have the right to ask for information to be removed from search results that include their names if it is ‘inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive.’ In deciding what to remove, search engines must also have regard to the public interest.
No kidding. That’s why I’m hoping for an article taking us inside the room, or rooms, where the Google people try to cope with all that ambiguity.
True, we’ve seen reports like this one of Google reinstating articles in the Guardian after complaints by the newspaper that the supposedly off-limits material related to legitimate subjects of public debate. But it would be great to see how, say, 10 random cases were decided — even if the names of those winning deletions were blocked.