The European Union recently ruled that people have the right to ask Google to remove defamatory information about them from its index.
From a strictly human standpoint, that is a good thing. If someone has made a poor decision or a mistake, or if someone was affected negatively by something outside his or her control and got bad press, there should be a way to eliminate it from immediate access by every other human on the planet.
We All Need Second Chances
I am a true believer in second chances. Say you "accidentally" punched someone on St. Patrick's Day back in college... You shouldn't have to pay for it the rest of your life or have the worry of future employers Googling your name and having the story pop up with a picture of you wearing a green top hat while in handcuffs.
In that regard, the ruling will help get those second chances and erase past indiscretions and get on with their lives.
On the other hand, and much more applicable to my day-to-day life, I fear this ruling making its way to the states. As I sit here across the pond, staring off into the vast ocean, I fear that one day I will blink and see this potential nightmare headed my way much like Stannis Baratheon's ships heading towards King's Landing in Games of Thrones.
The Downside of the European Union's Ruling
Why do I fear this ruling making its way overseas?