Bypassing European ‘Right to be forgotten’ censorship of GooglePosted: 24/04/2015
Update 2016: Using google.com/ncr to bypass the filter no longer works. Google now censors EU results if you’re in the EU ISP IP range. You have to use a US proxy.
This post is not related to any software but rather in opposition of censorship.
If you’re in the EU and searching using Google you may have encountered this notice at the bottom of some pages:
If you did not know there is a European Union law that allows people the “Right to be forgotten” which specifically applies to Google search.
While it may sound like a good idea in some regards, like perhaps false accusations; in practice it forces search providers to act as judges for what is appropriate.
This can have the exact opposite effect for actual perpetrators which makes this legislation really flawed.
The abbreviation NCR stands for – no country redirect.
This option will return US search results.
I won’t go into this into this law in any more detail but feel free to read more about the “Right to be forgotten” and controversy related to it here: