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The risks of deleting history

7 September 2016

Is the proposed six-year cut-off date for the deletion of data the correct way to approach the right to be forgotten, asks Mary Young

Google users will have noticed the message at the foot of each results page that 'some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe'. This is the consequence of the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in May 2014 in a case dealing with a privacy issue known as 'the right to be forgotten'.

The ruling allows users to
ask for the removal of results involving their name which
are inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive. The intention behind this ruling is to protect people from damage caused by reliance on outdated or incorrect data.However, this can potentially clash with principles of transparency and open data, which are being championed
by the government in its bid to target fra...

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