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Google Updates ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Policy

The improvements in technology and the growth of the World Wide Web have resulted in many other problems, one of which is privacy. It is one of the worst times to see a personal information or action leaked into the web, and the web has become the ultimate source of news for many other platforms, including televisions, radios, and newspapers; this implies that a leaked information can get to the other end of the earth faster than an airplane.

Google has released a feature that will allow people hide their personal information from the web; it also allows them control who sees their information and data. Well, the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ has been implemented, and here we are again trying to retrieve that same information, how do we go about it?

After someone in Europe applied for a delisting of personal information from its search engine, Google made it a pretty tough task to get this information back online. The company has added an extra layer of  protection that allows users feel forms to get their information back online, it also enables the user control who and who has access to the information.

The editor of  the Search Engine Land Blog, Danny Sullivan,  had said concerning the step was taken by the search giant, “ this new practice is more complex than what we had some time ago, but it could still be having loopholes just as it did when the company first implemented the Right To Be Forgotten policy.”

The most visible loophole is the fact that people could hide their IPs to view information without encountering any disturbance, so Google would have to work a way around people who hide IPs to view information that’s restricted to some countries. Another loophole could still be the edition of Google that they use. If they use older editions of Google, the delisted information may still show-up when a similar term is searched.

Google stated in its November update which happens to be the last update so far, that, “less than half of the requests to delist contents have been respected and the largest number of requests came from France, and Germany was seen as the country with the second highest delisting request.

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The move has been closely followed by many other search giants. This feature is mostly available in Europe, but if it would be available in other countries, things would get better. Let’s just hope that the search giant has planned something cool for all of us. This move is noteworthy, as it helps to control the flow of information and it also helps to know which news and information are correct as people would be able to control the visibility of personal information.

I have also seen this as something cool because people will be able to send information to a target audience without being scared that people from the other corner of the world will see it. The new update is appraisable, useful and innovative.


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