The European Union (EU) issued guidelines that would expand their “Right to be Forgotten” to all countries where the search engines operate—another words worldwide. The non-binding guidelines are now available to the public and may be accessed at:: http://tinyurl.com/oeclpt9 http://tinyurl.com/oeclpt9
The EU Court of Justice recognized that the affects from the results obtained from searches made on the basis of a person’s name and did not require the deletion of the link other indexes and that the original information would still be available from other sources. Therefore, the guidelines address that the EU ruling cannot be circumvented as researchers could use the search engine in countries outside the EU. The search engines operate outside of the EU and someone could do a search on the non-EU websites and obtain the information that was removed in the EU—such as Google.com (US) vs. Google.de (Germany) or Google.fr (France).
Past postings on the European Union and the proposed data privacy regulation and more on the recent Parliament vote on unbundling Internet search engines may be found in the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives : [http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts ] . You must be a registered subscriber to access the archives. To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen is your affiliation You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee