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Three of the biggest players online, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo, will meet EU's data protection regulators to discuss about the "right to be forgotten" ruling issued recently by the European Court of Justice.

The ruling, that applies across Europe, explicitly allows any European citizen to ask for an "irrelevant" and "outdated" information to be removed from search results handled by these three companies.

The meeting will take place under the chairmanship of CNIL, the French data watchdog and will pit the regulators as an entity called the "Article 29 Working Party" against the US search giants.

The objective of the meeting according to the officiaal statement is to come up with "coordinated and coherent guidelines on the handling of individuals' complaints that may be submitted to the authorities in the case of negative responses from search engines to the request for removal from indexing."

Arguably, not everyone filing those requests does it with a clear conscience. As Google highlighted it, a third were related to fraud and scams, one in eighth to child pornography and a fifth to serious crimes.

Given the fact that libel laws are pretty strong in Europe, it is likely that the "contentious" content being listed by search engines complies with European rules anyway.

Via ZDnet

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.