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CHARBONNEAU – Privacy rights and the death of history on the internet

CONVICTED KILLER Clifford Olson would probably have preferred that any account of his murder of eleven children and young people in the 1980s removed from the internet. Links such as this Wikipedia article which detail the grisly horror.

charbonneaucolhedA B.C. technology company also wants links removed for a completely different reason. Equustek’s wants Google to remove links to a competitor’s website. Equustek successfully sued that competitor for theft of their hardware design but the competitor persisted on selling it online. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that Google had to comply with Equustek’s request and remove the links. Google complied reluctantly.

However, the court order lays bare a much bigger problem than murder or industrial theft — the erasure of history on the internet.

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1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – Privacy rights and the death of history on the internet

  1. I agree with you 100% on this one David. We see abuses of power all the time from the US forcing other countries to take down websites that they do not like, even though all they have in the way of power, is to threaten trade sanctions, or other punishments on the country that tells them to go pound sand. For our court, or any other for that matter to think that they can force a revision of history on Google, or any other search engine they have no jurisdiction over, is just wrong.

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