The EU has made it possible for it’s citizens to be forgotten, on the internet at least. People there can petition to have all traces of themselves removed from the web, based on a new ruling that is coming into effect. Some people think this ruling is quite controversial and liken it to a form of censorship. They also worry that people who have done wrong in the world will get a free pass to anonymity due to this ruling. Now that the time has come to enact this new ruling, Google has announced the measures it is taking.
They will start “censoring” the content “worldwide.” However, worldwide only really means that the content will appear censored to people who are searching from the countries that have this ruling, meaning the rest of the world will not be affected and will still be able to see the results. The way it works is somewhat complicated. For someone who is searching from within a country in the EU, the listings will be censored within that country from any type of browser using any version of Google. If someone is searching from the EU, outside of the initial country of censorship, the listings will only be censored if that person is using a European version of Google. If someone is searching from the EU, outside of the country where censorship occurred, using a non-European version of Google, the results will not be censored, nor will the results be censored for anyone outside of the EU using any version of Google. In addition, people using VPNs to seem like they are coming from another location will be able to see the results if they are using it as a country that would be able to see the results.
Try saying that ten times fast.
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