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dateline: 12 September 2018

Google Fights ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Extension

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Spaniard: a person from Spain
  • domain: a local online network
  • extend: to make something bigger or broader
  • delist: to remove results or data
  • censorship: the act of prohibiting people from reading or seeing material considered to be inappropriate or unacceptable by authorities
  • regulation: a rule

Google Fights ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Extension

The “right to be forgotten” online became a European law in 2014 following a case involving a Spaniard who wanted his financial past to be from Google. The law required Google and other search engines to accept requests from Europeans to take their personal information on local country domains. Now, European regulators want to extend this delisting to domains. Google is against this idea and has that some countries will use this as a censorship tool. Since the 2014 law passed, Google has received 700,000 requests to remove information about European citizens. More than 50% of the requests have been denied. When the UK leaves the , it may no longer be protected by this European regulation.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What law is being reconsidered?
  2. What change are European regulators hoping for?
  3. Why does the report mention the EU?

Discussion Questions

Should all individuals have the right to have their personal information erased online? What about politicians and criminals?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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