I didn’t pay that close attention to the ruling last week by a European court that “irrelevant” pages had to be taken down by request by Google because people had a “right to be forgotten"; after all, we have much broader free speech rights here in the US, even compared to Western European countries. But I paid attention when the BBC reported that some of the first people to request pages be taken down are a politician, a pedophile, and a doctor who wants negative patient reviews taken down.

This shows why the court ruling is such a sham; it only protects slime balls who don’t want to be held accountable. Why should the links to a politician’s behavior in office not be taken down? If researching a doctor, wouldn’t you want to know what current and former patients had to say? Fortunately, the article points out that there’s a good chance the search providers may just ignore the requests.