A Committee of UK Members of Parliament has recommended that search engines should have to remove material from search results that infringe privacy. Here is a news report on the committee’s recommendations. Here is The Committee’s document.
It looks as if they are talking about material that has been found by a court to be an invasion of privacy, rather than having to make that initial decision. But once a court has found a story or a picture to offend privacy interests, the search engines should have to develop a method of hunting down that story or picture and blocking it from search results.
Does that make sense to you, as a matter of policy, law or technology? Google’s counsel told the Committee that an algorithm could be developed, but that it would be a bad idea to do so, because the algorithm could not be sensitive to context. Is that a good enough reason? Or would such legislation itself be too invasive or too restrictive of free inquiry?