Lords Side With Google in Right to be Forgotten Case

By Gary Cutlack on at
A House of Lords committee looking at the implications of the "right to be forgotten" ruling has said it's unfair to ask Google to act as sole internet arbiter.

The cross-party committee says there's a risk the EU is demanding we try to "enforce the impossible" with such rules, and is asking the UK's lawmakers to ensure that reasonable and accurate material remains in the public domain. Committee chair Baroness Prashar's report said some of the right to be forgotten decisions have been "vague, ambiguous and unhelpful" thus far and the EU ruling doesn't take into account today's pervasive internet tech.

Baroness Prashar also says the committee doesn't think Google should be administering the forget requests alone, saying: "We also believe that it is wrong in principle to leave search engines themselves the task of deciding whether to delete information or not, based on vague, ambiguous and unhelpful criteria."

She continued: "We think there is a very strong argument that, in the new regulation, search engines should not be classed as data controllers, and therefore not liable as 'owners' of the information they are linking to." [BBC]