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Larry Page Says “Right To Be Forgotten” Could Hurt Democracy

Submitted by on June 1, 2014 – 10:58 amNo Comment

Larry Page has raised concerns about the “right to be forgotten” established in a recent European Court of Justice ruling. The Google CEO and co-founder has questioned whether the tool could be abused and effectively hurt democracy.

“It will be used by other governments that aren’t as forward and progressive as Europe to do bad things,” said Page in an interview with the Financial Times. Other people are going to pile on, probably . . . for reasons most Europeans would find negative.”

Page also cautioned that the move would hurt innovation, as start-ups are not able to meet the regulatory requirements like large companies (such as his own) can.

Regardless, Google reportedly received 12,000 requests to sever links on the first day its new program was active. The form, made available on Friday, allows users to request the company censor links to sites “that they think contain outdated and damaging information about them.”

European privacy laws are generally much more stringent than those in the US.

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