Random post Brexit thought - will Google honour right to be forgotten ...

In the law of unintended consequences - will those who have applied the right to be forgotten within the jurisdiction of the UK. May suddenly discover post Brexit that their indiscretions or desire for anonymity has been cast asunder as Google revise their search indices and include them.

Some of you may at this point be scratching your heads - what is Andrew waffling on about. Not that long ago the EU (or evil empire, if you are uber Brexit) - helped all the nice people of the UK and beyond by imposing a person centred and legally binding edict on Google (as well as other search engines). That if someone wanted to be forgotten - then the search engines would have to overlook any site that references this soul, whenever a search was performed.

This isn't the removal of a site, more the removal of the potential to click through on a search when looking for the misdeeds of many souls. While I am of the view that if you wish to hide, then forget it when it comes to the Internet. This act from the EU does cover the more conventional searches and method of discover for most souls.

Will google or any other search engine honour this agreement post brexit. To be honest, who can tell. I guess that someone will realise and rethink what it is that they wish to accomplish. Some search engines for ease of effort will maintain convention others may decide to exclude the UK from this for any of many unforeseen reasons.




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