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SXSW Interactive 2015

WTF: Europe's Right To Be Forgotten By Google

In Europe, you can demand to be forgotten by search engines like Google if you feel results are outdated or somehow misleading (and you are not a major politician or celebrity). The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has been applauded by privacy advocates - and criticized for its effect on free speech and freedom of the press. What is wrong with the Right To Be Forgotten? And is there something wrong with Europe?

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  1. What exactly is the Right To Be Forgotten, where does the idea come from and what did the European Court of Justice rule?
  2. How can you legally command Google to manipulate search results?
  3. How has Google reacted to the ruling and why did it lead to the naming and shaming of people who use their legal right To Be Forgotten?
  4. How is the Right To Be Forgotten different from censorship, why is it threatening freedom of the press anyways, what do social scientists, librarians and historians think of it?
  5. How is Europe's understanding of privacy different from that in the U.S., which one will prevail, what other side effects are to be expected from this battle?



Ole Reissmann, Editor, Spiegel Online

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Privacy and Security
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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