Does Google Have the Right to Your Privacy?

June 25, 2014



What About Your Privacy?

All over the media we are hearing about security breaches and the loss of privacy that our nation is going through. After all, just recently Target had a major situation where many of their customers’ bank accounts were hacked into following the loss of credit card information. With this going on, we can’t help but notice that there is a bigger issue at hand. Do we have the right to information about ourselves or is any and all data on us up to public knowledge?

What Does the Court Think?

With all these stories in the news about privacy breaches, we have to wonder what the courts are doing to protect our rights. Rest easy knowing there are people out there fighting for you to have control of what’s published on the web. Naturally, these individuals are first taking aim at Google.

What’s Google Got to Say?

Of course, Google isn’t the only one at fault for this new day and age of personal information being scattered all over the Internet, which is why they’re letting their voice be heard too. Over time, Google has been in the hot seat plenty of times. In fact, recently they had a lawsuit filed against them over a high school principal who was angry there was information on the web about his run-in with the law. The principal was found guilty for urinating in public. In Google’s opinion, they are simply placing this information in one area. They are not the actual people inputting this information for the world to see. However, according to the European Union Court of Justice, they have to be held responsible too.

This court of justice feels that if requested, Google must take down any links or images found on their website. However, there is one slight exception. If the individual who wants the information removed is a public figure, like an actor or politician, the request will be denied. That’s because this kind of information is important public knowledge and should not be tampered with.

Where Will This Leave Us?

It’s hard to decide whether or not this is the right move to make. On one side, it’s understandable that certain information found in search engine results is irrelevant and outdated, making the individual want it off the web immediately. However, some information should remain public knowledge whether the individual is well-known or not. For instance, don’t you think if there’s a criminal working closely with your child, you have the right to know? While this is a ruling in the European Union Court of Justice, it doesn’t affect how Google works in the United States. It’s clear, though, this issue of privacy isn’t going away any time soon.

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