European Commission provided the list of seven myths that were sprayed after the decision of the ECJ judgment in the famous case of Google, where the right to be forgotten was in question.
|The judgment does nothing for citizens||The right to be forgotten is about making sure that citizens are in control of their personal data. In practice this means that a search engine will have to remove a search result, when it receives a request from the person in question.|
|The judgment entails the deletion of content||The content remains unaffected by the request lodged with the search engine, in its original location on the internet. It also means that the content can still be found based on a different query.|
|The judgment contradicts freedom of expression||The judgment limits the right to be forgotten and recognises thatthere may be public interest in all links to content remaining online.
The right to be forgotten applies where the information is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or extensive for the purposes of data processing. The assessment of the information must balance the interest of the person making the request and the public interest to have access to the data.
|The judgment allows for censorship||The right to be forgotten does not allow governments to decide what can and cannot be online or what should not be read.|
|The judgment will change the way the internet works||The content will remain in the same location and be accessible through search engines. The way search engines function will also remain the same, since they already filter out some links from search results.|
|The judgment renders the data protection reform redundant||The data protection rules are currently underway. The reform includes an explicit right to be forgotten. New rules create a single market for data in the EU and streamline cooperation between the Member States’ regulators.|