Tech Expert: Google Decision 'Massive Breach of Freedom of Speech'

Thursday, 15 May 2014 04:50 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The landmark decision by Europe's highest court that Google must respect individual's privacy requests is a "massive breach of freedom of speech," says Tech Insider editor Sam Volkering.

"The courts have simply got this wrong. I can't make that any clearer," Volkering told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV. "They have basically come out and said that the internet is now not free, so if you want to say something, you can be censored.

"It is censorship and a complete hammering down of freedom of speech," he added.

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The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Tuesday that Google must honor the requests of individuals, who ask the search engine giant to remove internet links to articles or other websites that contain personal information.

The case has been dubbed a conflict between privacy rights and freedom of information.

Volkering said that his concern is that the decision is going to conflict with a person's right to express an opinion and speak out against those who have done "bad things."

"If you've done wrong by the world, if you're a criminal, a crook or a thief and that appears online and it's true, then doesn't the public have the right to know that that exists and what you've done in the past?"

The tech expert compared it to "going to a library and then getting rid of all the books about Nazis and murderers."


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