MPs Threaten Google Search Apocalypse With New Privacy Laws

By Gary Cutlack on at

A joint Commons and Lords committee set up to examine current privacy and free speech rules in the UK has come down very hard on Google, putting forward the idea of introducing new laws specifically designed to force the search giant to monitor and remove links to invasive content from its results.

The committee said: "Google and other search engines should take steps to ensure that their websites are not used as vehicles to breach the law and should actively develop and use such technology ... We recommend that if legislation is necessary to require them to do so it should be introduced."

Google already actions some legal takedown requests, as illustrated by the above disclaimer which lets users know when they're seeing edited search results. This move would make the process much easier and cheaper for those looking to clean up their internet reputations.

The committee also recommended stronger enforcement of injunctions online, with contempt of court claims hitting those that dare taunt the establishment by tweeting the names of stupid footballers who've been caught aiming their shots at the wrong goalposts. [Guardian]