Stories by Brian S Hall

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'Right to be forgotten' is censorship

What happens when you Google your name, and old, embarassing information appears in the results? You could ask the site in question to take it down, but if they say no, there's not much you can do--unless you live in Europe. An EU court recently issued a ruling on the "right to be forgotten," which says that, by request, Google and other search engines should hide links to web pages with "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant," information. You can read more about this in our FAQ.

Brian S Hall | 06 Jun | Read more

What Europe's new 'right to be forgotten' online means

Can you really be forgotten on the Internet? The European Union (EU) believes so, and recently ordered Google, Bing, and Yahoo to make it happen. The court's decision could fundamentally remake search engines, impact journalism and lead to all manner of thorny issues related to censorship, privacy, and the public's right to know.

Brian S Hall | 06 Jun | Read more