AN Oxford professor has said that a controversial legal ruling will change the way hundreds of millions of people use the internet.
Prof Luciano Floridi, a professor of philosophy and the ethics of information at Oxford University, has been appointed by Google to work out how it should comply with the landmark ruling that means people can ask for their personal information to be removed.
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten”, meaning some of their details have to be taken down if they request it.
Speaking to The Independent, Prof Floridi said the main beneficiaries of the ruling are “reputation management companies”.
He said: “They now have the power to ask for embarrassing information about their clients to be removed.
“If I was the chief executive of a reputation management company, I would be laughing.”
He said that the ruling “raised the bar so high that the old rules of the internet no longer apply”.
Prof Floridi is director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute, which is based in St Giles.
The case which triggered the ruling was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results infringed his privacy.
Our top stories:
9:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE amount of compensation claimed by Oxfordshire drivers for pothole damage more than doubled in two years.
10:21pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE A40 is partially blocked at Wolvercote by up to 60 loose sheep.
8:43pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral will be marked across Oxfordshire tomorrow.
8:39pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
A GIRL has claimed she had sex with a young man accused of grooming and exploiting teenagers in Banbury when she was 14 years old.
8:33pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
SNAKE fossils found in Oxfordshire have forced scientists to re-write their evolutionary story.
UPDATE:Services back to normal on Cotswold Line between Oxford and Worcester after person hit by train
4:30pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
Services have returned to normal between Oxford, Worcester and Hereford this afternoon after a person was hit by a train between Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham.