When Should Search Engines Ignore Court Orders To Remove Search Results? (Forbes Cross-Post)

1 10 2013

By Eric Goldman

Companies and individuals are constantly seeking more effective ways to scrub unwanted online content. One common technique is to get a court declaration that content is unlawful and should be removed, and then send that ruling to websites and search engines anticipating that they will honor the court order. As reported by Search Engine Watch, some attorneys accuse the Bing search engine (a Microsoft property) of recently deciding to refuse all of these court orders. Bing says that’s not true, but the allegations still highlight some important considerations when courts order search engines and websites to remove content.


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