Several interesting privacy news lately. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg had ruled that Google, and other search engines, should allow online users to be “forgotten” after a certain time by erasing links to web pages unless there are particular reasons not to do so.
Another unrelated story is Israel’s State Comptroller harsh report on the sorry state of database registration in Israel (see the Ynet story here in Hebrew). The arcane law asks the managers of databases that contain personal information in a special registry in The Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority. The comptroller attacks both the current law and the sorry state of its enfacement. While the law is defiantly outdated, perhaps registering databases is the only way to make sure that the right to be forgotten is accessible and straightforward? How would the right to be forgotten work on a large scale? The fact is that the way to implement the right to be forgotten is generally unknown right now.