Cursor and Google

Cursor and Google

For those who want their name or entire articles removed from the Cursor website, please note the following rules:

We adhere to the basic rule that no articles on the Cursor website are changed in retrospect. Our online archive should be a reliable source of what Cursor has published over the years. Only in exceptional cases where someone’s personal life is clearly severely hindered by their mention on the Cursor website, it may be decided to anonymize a name or article. The Cursor editorial staff are the only ones to assess such cases at all times and there will be no discussion on their final decision.

Those requesting removal of their name or an article sometimes appeal to the Personal Data Protection Act (WBP). This act also applies to the use of personal data on the Internet, judging from the guidelines issued by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CPB). To publications like Cursor however, a ‘journalistic exemption’ applies.

Should a person, after having requested removal of either a name or entire article, be dissatisfied with the decision of the medium in question, the CPB advises to get in touch with the Netherlands Press Council, or go to court. As far as the Dutch Press Council is concerned: on November 15, 2007, the Council gave a verdict in a case where someone had requested Ublad (magazine of Utrecht University) to remove their name from the magazine website. In short, the verdict read as follows: the importance of reliable Internet archives for society outweighs the interest of an individual. The Press Council ruled that Ublad did not have to remove the name from their website. By taking up that position, the Council supports the ideas Cursor holds concerning Internet privacy.

The full verdict (in Dutch) can be found here: http://www.rvdj.nl/2007/67