google-eu-200pxIt seems that Google has seen nothing but trouble ever since it implemented the EU’s new Right To Be Forgotten mandate back in May.  Because of this, Google has decided that they will be soliciting feedback on their implementation through a new Advisory Council.

Google has released a page at google.com/advisorycouncil that asks any Google user to submit any thoughts and feedback on the Court of Justice of the European Union mandate for the Right To Be Forgotten.

Google asked this question:

How should one person’s right to be forgotten be balanced with the public’s right to know?

Here is Google’s explanation in more detail:

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union found that European law gives people the right to ask search engines like Google to remove results for queries that include their name.

Since then, we’ve received removal requests on all sorts of content: serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, instances of online bullying and name-calling, decades-old allegations, negative press stories, and more.

For each of these requests, we’re required to weigh, on a case-by-case basis, an individual’s right to be forgotten with the public’s right to know.

We want to strike this balance right. This obligation is a new and difficult challenge for us, and we’re seeking advice on the principles Google ought to apply when making decisions on individual cases. That’s why we’re convening a council of experts.

We’re just getting started, but during this process we also want to hear your input, too — this is all about your rights online, and the Internet provides an incredible forum for discussion and debate.

After that explanation, there is an open box in a feedback form.  There, people are asked if they would like Google to follow up with them on the topic, and if Google can publish their feedback.

Currently, here is a list of existing committee members:

  • Prof. Luciano Floridi
  • Sylvie Kauffmann
  • Lidia Kolucka-Zuk
  • Frank La Rue
  • José-Luis Piñar
  • Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
  • Peggy Valcke
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Eric Schmidt
  • David C. Drummond

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