Google has been hauled in front of European data regulators on the issue of being forgotten. The concept has been established as a right to the status of international ‘universal’ recognition with respect to the right of access to existing information (Mayes, 2014).
The controversy is partly due to the prevailing vagueness of current rulings such as the ECJ’s ruling concerning a Spanish man who sued a national newspaper website and Google Spain (Arthur, 2014). Concern emanates from the concerns on the impacts that such rulings portend in reference to another universal right – freedom of expression. An important aspect is the subsequent interactions with the right to privacy, in addition to whether creating the ‘right to be forgotten’ decreases internet quality through such steps as censorship or the rewriting of history (Fleischer, 2011).
The firm entity under review – Google, Inc – has in the past followed through with this concept deleting data because of proof of copyright violations as well as in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Google Inc., 2014).
Being ‘forgotten on Google’ has become one of the latest concerns in our information age where the freedom of expression, unregulated Internet and our desire to learn from and share on the Internet is greater than ever. Accordingly, in current modern contexts, an increase in internet use and daily application has become a way of life given the different avenues in which individuals are able to socialize regardless of the time and distance factors. Thus, it is understandable that without such technology and technological input life as it is would be quite different (Bernal, 2011). In the 21st century, computing and communication have become critical aspects on which daily interaction and socialization are based upon.