IT is truly scary to ponder the complete control Google has over the internet, and information as a whole.
Under the new European Court ruling, people may now ask the search engine to remove past stories about them from turning up in searches.
And if it isn’t on Google, let’s face it, it pretty much doesn’t exist.
The man who tried to kill his family could now have any mention of the evil deed wiped, and so according to Google, it never happened.
The same could be said of a fraudster or sex offender, who has apparently mended his ways.
This is censorship, Tippexing out selected past events as if they never took place, and it smacks of a dystopian 1984 world.
But in practical terms, it seriously hampers journalistic investigations and also personal research, allowing dirty secrets to be hidden.
It is certainly a far cry from the free press that Spain’s King Juan Carlos proclaimed was so vital to democracy at the recent awards ceremony for International Journalism Prizes.
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