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Google is back in a French courthouse to fight recent rulings that it scrub its websites of individuals' names after a certain length of time to protect these people's rights to be forgotten.
The French impulse to let people go about their business without having others mind it for them is admirable. Google's desire to have a complete file on everything and everyone in the world is also admirable.
The conflict has been at least partially resolved in favor of some privacy in certain European countries. The rub is that, because Google is global in reach, what it might scrub from sites availalble to Parisians might still be available to people using Google in Paris, Texas, for example.
The complexity of sorting all of this out makes my head hurt.
In the United States, courts have long recognized that when it comes to privacy, people do have a right to be left alone after a certian period of time. That's a good rule.
In the long run, I'd like to see some precedent set in Europe over this matter that could have applications across borders.
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