Jimmy Wales describes Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling as ‘censorship of knowledge’

Jimmy Wales describes Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling as ‘censorship of

The landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling by the European Court of Justice has been blasted by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as a "terrible danger" in European legislation. The controversial ruling requires Google to consider data-removal requests made by individuals whose information has been indexed by the Google search engine.

Describing the European court's May 12 ruling as 'censorship of knowledge,' Wales said in an email to TechCrunch that the ruling will apparently prove to be a hindrance in the way of making "real progress on privacy issues."

The ruling - which marks the enforcement of European data protection legislation that dates back to 1995 - requires that a mechanism should be put in place by Google to field "right to be forgotten" requests from individuals who believe that that the personal data indexed by the company should be removed from the search results as it has become irrelevant or inappropriate.

Blasting the ruling, Wales said: "In the case of truthful, non-defamatory information obtained legally, I think there is no possibility of any defensible 'right' to censor what other people are saying."

Wales, who has earlier asserted that the "right to be forgotten" ruling is "ridiculous" and "very bizarre, said in his comments emailed to TechCrunch that the ruling is "a deep injustice and terrible danger in European law."


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