Although convenient, the internet can be a pretty scary place. With technology always evolving and becoming more and more precise, it seems our privacy is going right out the window. I’ll be the first to admit that I love surfing around on Google Maps. At first glance, this seems like a mind-less past time and often times it’s hard to realize that what you’re looking at is people’s lives. It makes you think, how many of us are okay with this for the sake of progress in technology? I stand before you completely indifferent.
Toby Sterling of The Huffington Post reports:
“AMSTERDAM (AP) — In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe’s highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled.
The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing information about them.
The ruling applies to EU citizens and all search engines in Europe, including Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing. It remains to be seen whether it will change the way Google and its rivals operate in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world.
Nor is it clear exactly how the court envisions Google and others handling complaints, which could prove to be a logistical headache if large numbers of people start demanding that information about themselves be removed.”