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Will Google ruling hurt innovation?

Jonathan Horn, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO

The ruling is an ultimately futile attempt to control the spread of information. But when does that stop ambitions of statist, centrally controlling planners? Google is just a tool to easily access public information elsewhere available. The ruling will not likely stop innovation using 20th (even 19th) century ideas of sovereignty and “privacy” to control technology that is global, ubiquitous, and expanding at far faster rates than regulators can contemplate. It will be a logistical nightmare and highly doubtful effectively enforceable. One result may be legal filing fees for solicitors in London and Brussels playing “whack-a-mole” at $500+ an hour.