Thursday, October 22, 2015

There is a right to 'darkness', but only in Internet

There is a right to 'darkness', but only in Internet
Before the digital age would be unthinkable that someone claimed a newspaper (necessarily on paper) clear news. The Supreme Court of the United States it is called the "practical obscurity" and becomes a stealthy form of Internet. Or, at least, to prevent powerful search engines like Google, Yahoo! or Bing remind a person these data on misty past that would see hazy at a stroke. But the web erase harmful information to the reputation of an ordinary citizen, no public relevance, is not exactly an easy task. We checked at the time the Spanish lawyer Mario Costeja that, protected by the Spanish Data Protection Agency, undertook a long battle with powerful Google for his name ceased to be associated with an outdated and irrelevant news that the protagonist considered harmful .

This is how the name was hopelessly Costeja joined the so-called right to oblivion. Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union it issued in 2014 obtained that Google remove links leading to the original information, published in a newspaper (La Vanguardia) and referred to an auction of properties linked to an embargo by debt Social Security. Although even then it was clear that the right to oblivion is not an attempt to rewrite history or to alter or reconfigure the archive memory.

In this direction deepens the ruling this week by the Supreme Court, which protects the right to digital oblivion, so that Internet browsers can prevent "seriously disturbing" information for the honor and privacy of a person to be tracked about events that occurred many years earlier. But the Supreme points out that the right to digital oblivion can not be a "retrospective censorship" published data correctly at the time and rejects a request that the names of the victims disappear Finder newspaper that published (BBC). That would be tantamount to allowing a curriculum can be built to suit, eliminating what disgusts them, injures or uncomfortable.

The key is dissemination. Before the digital age would be unthinkable that someone claimed a newspaper (necessarily on paper) clear news. It would be impossible to banish it from the archive unless the specimens were cut with scissors. In the world of Internet audience it is global and formidable allow search engines to locate news in seconds. It is precisely "the multiplication of publicity" generated by Google and other technology companies counterparts representing a risk to the rights of the individual. It is thus the colossal capacity of search engines to reach the last corner of the planet which protects the right to digital oblivion. Modest files traditional newspapers are out of this galaxy.


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