Clear history: Google told to wipe your past off the net in landmark court ruling

Metro

Google, IWF Re-writing your online history: Google has been told to delete web links (Picture: File/AP)

Google has been told to ‘rewrite history’ by deleting web links which might upset or embarrass anyone.

The internet giant today lost a court battle which granted a complainant the ‘right to be forgotten’.

It means Google or other search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo!, could be forced to remove some results when certain names are searched.

Privacy campaigners welcomed the principle that links to out-of-date or incorrect information might be deleted but others warned that it could be used to cover up wrongdoing and stifle free speech.

Big Brother Watch said: ‘If we start to make intermediaries responsible for the actions or the content of other people, you’re establishing a model that leads to greater surveillance and a risk of censorship.’

The ruling, which was given by the European courts and cannot be appealed…

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