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Google Can Now Erase Search Results

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for and now it’s official, Google has created a page where you can request to erase search results that you may show up in (some which may be slightly “unflattering”).

Unfortunately for Canadian citizens, these requests are only available for Europe at this time.
However, erasing a link off of the search engine won’t be so easy. Indeed, Google is setting up a seven-person advisory committee to determine if the request is acceptable or not.

This committee will be made up of the following individuals:

  • Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman
  • David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer
  • Luciano Floridi, an information ethics philosopher at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s founder
  • Jose Luis Pinar, former director of Spain’s data protection authority
  • Peggy Valck, a privacy rights activist and director of the University of Leuven law school
  • Frank La Rue, a special United Nations representative specializing in free speech

Google will also create another committee consisting of their employees, to determinate which country will have the privilege to access this page. We only can hope that this committee will agree to include Canada in this prestigious list.

 

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