Your Privacy Is Now At Risk From Search Engines — Even If The Law Says Otherwise

Last week the European Union’s Court of Justice ordered Google to grant people the right to be forgotten, giving people the ability to have themselves removed from search results that are “inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.”People living, or doing business in Europe, are likely the primary beneficiaries of the current ruling; Americans, however, may benefit indirectly as discussion reignites about privacy laws on our side of the Atlantic. The ruling should also serve as a serious wake up call to everyone about the privacy of his or her information. People should realize that many privacy protections that Americans believe that they enjoy – even some guaranteed by law – have, in fact, been eroded or even obliterated by technological advances.

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