Last week, Microsoft’s Bing joined Google in acquiescing to the E.U. high court’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, which allows European citizens to petition for the removal of search results about themselves that are “inadequate…no longer relevant, or excessive.” The Court of Justice sees it as a victory for privacy protection; Google sees only censorship. The company that aims to catalog the world’s knowledge thinks it has a right to know it all.
Where did this “right to be forgotten” come from? Has anybody told the American Security State? Or, for that matter, the European Security State?