23rd May 2014
Tim Buckley Owen
In a ruling that has provoked widespread astonishment, the European Court of Justice has held that individuals can require Google and other search engines to remove links to information about them that they regard as inadequate or no longer relevant. In the debate between free speech and absence of censorship on the one hand, and personal privacy and data protection on the other, Tim Buckley Owen argues that the ruling could represent an opportunity for information professionals. It could demonstrate their value as the experts on specialist research sources and techniques that don't rely on generic search engines, as well as enhancing their regulatory compliance role.
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