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‘Right to be forgotten’ is unreasonable, says House of Lords

by AprilSix Proof

The Guardian: EU ruling is wrong in principle

A report by a committee of the House of Lords has deemed the European Union’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling is ‘unworkable, unreasonable and wrong in principle’.

The EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ endows every person the right to request that their personal data be removed from search engine results.

The committee criticised the ruling for being problematic, whilst the 1995 directive that it is based on is no longer relevant. It also stated that the CJEU has not taken into account the advancement of technology that we have seen in the years since the directive was drafted.

It also argued that smaller search engines may not be able to keep up with processing thousands of removal requests that they may receive. Meanwhile, it should not be left up to search engines to delete data based on unhelpful criteria; they should not be left with the right to ‘censor history’.

Story from the Guardian