“Right To Be Forgotten” vs. Forced Accountability
June 19, 2014
From Tech Dirt:
Following the ridiculous right to be forgotten ruling in the EU Court of Justice last month, we knew that it would open the floodgates to crazy requests from people trying to take down embarrassing things about them online. Immediately after the ruling, politicians and pedophiles alike rushed to ask Google to take down links to content about them. Once Google set up a form for handling such requests, tens of thousands of requests poured in.
The basic idea is that if you were involved in something that you’re not happy about later, you can demand that the incident be stricken from the record… everywhere. It’s a clear attack on free speech — allowing people to censor others from saying truthful and accurate things about someone.
They really should think about calling the law The Grifter Gazette. Forced Accountability may be the only way many people in this country get justice. Fact based evidence over time is the best indicator of the future; and, if the internet forces us to erase the facts then The Sociopathic Business Model™ isn’t just entrenched it’s accepted.
Media must become savvy to the the tricks of corporate PR or government PR and as viewers and readers of the media we must help make sure that unethical or illegal behavior doesn’t just disappear because someone who did something wrong wants it to go away. Imagine all the grifters trying to figure out how to use this law here in the US against those who tell accurate and truthful statements-it won’t work (FYI).