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it has emerged that Google has received around 91,000 requests from Europeans to de-index personal information that is outdated or irrelevant, with requests relating to a total of around 328,000 links.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information displayed in search results triggered by a search for their name to be de-indexed — if that information is outdated or irrelevant.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

This Week In The Digital Panopticon: Google And The Right To Be Forgotten

2h3g4iug35i The ongoing tug of war between data capture and individual privacy in the digital space involves myriad threads, usually moving in different directions. Getting an overview of and a handle on developments can therefore be almost impossible. It’s as if — ironically enough — this issue itself needs to be observed within a Panopticon. Read More

Google Starts Granting ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests In Europe

P1030003 Google is now complying in full with a European Court Of Justice ruling last month which requires it to remove specific personal information from search results when an individual has made a request for the removal of “outdated” or “irrelevant” information about them. Read More

Jimmy Wales Blasts Europe’s “Right To Be Forgotten” Ruling As A “Terrible Danger”

2112615614_c81e30326f_z Court of Justice that requires Google to consider information removal requests from individuals whose data its search engine has indexed. In comments emailed to TechCrunch, Wales described the ruling as censorship of knowledge — pure and simple. “In the case of truthful, non-defamatory information obtained legally, I think there is no possibility of any defensible… Read More
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