Googling someone’s name before you meet them is becoming commonplace in our new world of blind dates and online interview hires. It’s the modern day equivalent of searching through a phonebook–except, it only takes seconds to find out a person’s juicy little details. However, if you’re living in the European Union, it might not be as easy as you might think. Due to Google’s new EU censorship policy, you may not find anything unless you use the same technology that allows people to bypass China’s Great Firewall: VPN.
In 2014, the European Court of Justice deemed that citizens in Europe had the right to request that their names deleted from Google search results. This policy is called the right-to-be-forgotten policy. Since then, Google has been working with the European court to honor the requests by delisting search results from user requests. However, you could still find organic results in “Google.com”, while the censored results were prevalent in “Google.de”. Now, Google is pushing forward that censorship onto EU search domains starting this week.
Google’s Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer detailed these proceedings in this post, where he wrote that Google is “changing [their] approach as a result of specific discussions that [they’ve] had with EU data protection regulators in recent months.”
“We believe that this additional layer of delisting enables us to provide the enhanced protections that European regulators ask us for while also upholding the rights of people in other countries to access lawfully published information.”
Starting this week, European users won’t be able to access the uncensored information on local Google search without the use of a VPN. If you use a VPN in Europe to make Google think you’re in the United States or some other location, you can access deleted search results on Google.com since the information is still publicly available in other places besides Europe.
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