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Fortune: Google says 'no way' to censorship of its search results

Posted by Soledad Vega on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 13:44

It's time for Europe to turn back from this misguided path of Internet content regulation before more damage to the open Internet is done.

Article by Jeff John Roberts for Fortune

Google finally said enough is enough when it comes to Europe censoring its search results. It issued a bold challenge to France.

Google made a dramatic gesture to oppose censorship of its search results on Wednesday, telling French regulators in a blog post that it will not heed demands to implement so-called “right to be forgotten” requests on a worldwide basis. The move, which sets the stage for further confrontations between Google and France, also highlights a growing legal crisis for the internet.

The issue at stake relates to a controversial European Court of Justice decision from 2014 that forces Google to strip certain links from its search results. The decision provided a way for people to ask Google  GOOG -0.97%  to remove “irrelevant” or “inadequate” search results, and has already led to more than a quarter million requests flooding into Google. But the rules for processing the requests are far from clear.

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