Google Details How It’s Responding To Search De-Index Requests In Europe

4263326117_e9d2463ec2_z Google has published more details about how it’s handling so-called right to be forgotten requests from private individuals using its search engine in Europe — following the European Court of Justice ruling that required it to do so, back in May. Read More

Google’s European Privacy Rights Debate Forum Calls For Public To Weigh In

Europe Earlier this month Google announced its committee of Google-selected “experts” who are sitting in public judgement on Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ (RTBF) ruling — by interrogating privacy-related issues, holding public meetings, banging the debate drum and generally doing the work of a public policy think tank at Google’s behest. Read More

On The Importance Of Forgetting

10574439473_c86e0c4bc7_k The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

Google Granting Around Half Europe’s Search De-Index Requests — But Won’t Show Its Workings

3480642778_849e7126ac_z Following a meeting between European regulators and search engines yesterday, to discuss the latter group’s implementation of a recent European Court of Justice privacy ruling, it has emerged that Google has received around 91,000 requests from Europeans to de-index personal information that is outdated or irrelevant, with requests relating to a total of around 328,000 links. Read More

Microsoft Next To Comply With Europe’s Search Privacy Ruling

Bing rtbf Microsoft has followed Google’s lead and launched an online webform where European users of its Bing search engine (all few of them) can make a request for information displayed in search results triggered by a search for their name to be de-indexed — if that information is outdated or irrelevant. Read More

Google Search On Mobile Now Warns When A Site Won’t Work On Your Device

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.02.34 Google is on track for mobile search queries to overtake those on desktop this year, and today it took one more step forward in how it is will control that experience on behalf of its users — for better or for worse. The company has announced that it will now flag to its users when websites listed in their search results may have elements that will not show up on a users’… Read More

Google Seeks To Shape Public Debate On Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten Ruling

Google right to be forgotten Google has now announced the full complement of Google-selected “experts” who will be sitting on an advisory committee it has established to help navigate the decision making process in the wake of the so-called right to be forgotten ruling in Europe. It has published some names of committee members before, but there are some new additions being confirmed today. Read More

Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google

yelp-goog Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products in searches made in the US but not in Europe in order to avoid angering EU regulators who are reviewing Google anti-trust complaints. Read More

Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google

yelp-goog Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products in searches made in the US but not in Europe in order to avoid angering EU regulators who are reviewing Google anti-trust complaints. Read More

Hire Someone Already! Google Ventures Mulls Its European Moves

keepcalm-geton As the cream of Europe’s entrepreneurs filed into the beautifully lit room at a European tech conference late in 2012, picking up their champagne as they went, a VC leaned over to Welsey Chan of Google Ventures and asked: “Why on earth are you guys sponsoring these drinks? You don’t have any investments in Europe, do you?”. Turning to his interrogator, Chan replied… Read More
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