A pedestrian walks by a sign at Google headquarters

The fight over privacy rights on the Internet is heating up. A European Union court said Tuesday that Mountain View-based Google Inc. must give people the right to delete online data about themselves. Google called the ruling disappointing, and even some online privacy advocates said it could be tough to implement. We’ll discuss what the European decision might mean for the U.S.

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and professor of law at George Washington University
Marc Rotenberg, executive director at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and professor at Georgetown University Law Center

  • Guest

    What this law really says is, companies don’t have an inherent right to exploit you and your information for their profit for all time. It seems we can learn something from the Europeans about human dignity, which our media, academics and business leaders have conveniently failed to teach us.

  • Lance

    If this is all about active public data. Google disabling the cache feature of links would comply, and give the data a chance to be forgotten when the hosting sites go down over time naturally without intervention..

  • Dan

    Your guests talk about championing free speech and First Amendment, which of course is a key tenet of the Constitution here in America. But Google, and America in general, needs to accept that European culture doesn’t wish to embrace free speech in the way we do here in the US — and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Google already has to operate differently in the EU due to different rules around Trademark in its AdWords product and this is no different – Google shouldn’t expect it can apply search results in same way in the EU like is does in the US. It may need to provide search results that are open to filtering for the EU market, while maintaining unfiltered results for the US/worldwide.

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