[Zoi Leoudaki]: The right to be forgotten concerns internet users around the world. Recently, the European Court forced Google to remove links to personal data of a Spanish lawyer who faced tax problems in 1998 upon his request. Glen Gabe is the president of the marketing company G-Squared Interactive. [Glen Gabe]: There are people who have gone to jail. It might have been 10 years ago, but it still appears on Google even if they have paid for their mistakes. [Zoi Leoudaki]: Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center believes that personal privacy is a fundamental human right. [Marc Rotenberg]: Free expression refers to the ability to control the spread of information about oneself. It’s the cornerstone of freedom of expression, what we say, or hide, and what we do are parts of human nature. [Zoi Leoudaki]: In the United States, many disagree with the decision of the European court regarding Google. Jules Polonetsky is the head of the Future of Privacy Forum. [Jules Polonetsky]: If someone can tell search engines or even bloggers, “Excuse me, but there are details about the person you’re searching for that they don’t want you to know and you must take them down,” the consequences will be very serious. It will break the internet. [Zoi Leoudaki]: The American Constitution protects press freedom while it is not clear about the right to privacy. [Jules Polonetsky]: It’s a blow to transparency when public information is simply hidden because someone doesn’t want it to be available. [Zoi Leoudaki]: Rotenberg, however, praises the decision of the European court. [Marc Rotenberg]: The European court said that search is an important service, but it must be done in a way that protects personal privacy. [Zoi Leoudaki]: The court’s decision will affect Google and other search engines in Europe, but it is not expected to have immediate effects on the American market. Zoi Leoudaki, VOA, Washington.