The caution “be careful what you wish for” might be appropriate going into a meeting of 28 European privacy regulators in Brussels this week.
Following the European Court of Justice’s creation of the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) and Google’s launch of a web form to field requests (now over 41,000), privacy officers must come up with a Europe-wide system for implementation of the new rule.
The challenge facing the regulators is daunting:
There will be lots of practical and philosophical issues to consider:
Resolving these and other questions won’t be easy across 28 countries, many of which have different cultural norms.
The body will also have to determine how far beyond Google (Yahoo, Bing) does the RTBF apply — Twitter, Facebook, vertical search sites? What sites qualify as a “search engine”? Is there a traffic or other visibility threshold for application of the new law?