During the past several weeks, there was speculation that Google will begin adopting their own approach for delisting search results under the “right to be forgotten” in Europe. It has been reported that Google will begin their new censorship plan as early as this week.
What is The “Right to Be Forgotten”?
In May of 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled that European Union (EU) citizens have a “right to be forgotten.” At the request of the citizen, they could request that search engines remove links to pages deemed private even if the pages themselves remain on the internet. As of 2014, Google has established an online form where people can request a removal of a listing.
Right now, if someone submits a URL for delisting via the provided online form and Google determines that their request meets the criteria set by the court, then Google will delist the URL from the search results generated in response to search queries for their name.
How the Censorship Will Work
If the delisting request was granted, this is how the censorship will work for someone searching their name.
• The listing will be censored for those in Germany, using any version of Google.
• The listing will be censored for those in the EU using a European version of Google.
• Listings will not be censored for those outside of Germany but within the EU using a Non-European version of Google.
• Listings will not be censored for those outside the EU using any version of Google.
Outside the EU, none of the censorships will be in place. This will also apply to anyone within the EU who manages to disguise their location by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).