Could EU 'Right to be Forgotten' reach the USA?

Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. consumer rights organization, is trying to bring Europe’s right to be forgotten’ ruling — to U.S. users.

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, saying that Google's failure to offer U.S. users the same “right to be forgotten” enjoyed by citizens of the European Union is “unfair and deceptive.”

John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director, wrote that “Google’s refusal to consider such requests in the United States is both unfair and deceptive, violating Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.”

The E.U. “right to be forgotten” essentially says that, while information does not have to be deleted from the Internet (meaning: websites can keep their archives online), search engines might have to obey requests to take down links to certain stories.

Privacy group files FTC complaint to push Google to extend right to be forgotten to US