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UnGoogle Me: The Case for Scrubbing Search Results

The Internet has much to say about the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which determines that if a person wants some personal information removed from Google’s search engine, that person has the right to appeal to Google for redress. Writing in the Guardian, Charles Arthur pointed out that the ruling might make more sense across Europe, where the right to privacy often has primacy over the freedom of speech, than in the U.S., where the First Amendment reigns. City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, among others, took to Twitter to say that the “EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ is a blow against free speech.”

I, too, believe that as much information as possible should be available, and that the Web is a uniquely wonderful mechanism for achieving that. But, in this case, I believe the EU did the right thing, and the United States should learn from the court’s decision.