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29/04/2016

EU wants ‘right to be forgotten’

Topic: right to be forgotten


Digital 14-04-2016

New data protection rules fit for our digital age

Today (14 April), the European Parliament adopted a historic reform of EU data protection legislation, which will come into force in two years’ time. It promises to bring real EU-wide benefits, write Jan Philipp Albrecht, Marju Lauristin and Věra Jourová.
Digital 15-02-2016

EU’s 'Right to Be Forgotten' policy sets bad precedent for free expression

Last week’s announcement that Google will begin suppressing links to URLs not only for searches on EU country-level domains, but also for searches conducted from within EU countries, is bad news, write Jens-Henrik Jeppesen and Emma Llansó.
Digital 26-11-2015

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe

Since a top European court ruled people have a right to be forgotten online, Google has received 348,085 requests for tidbits to vanish from search results.
Digital 25-08-2015

Twitter shuts down transparency tracker

Twitter has stopped a website tracking politicians’ deleted tweets by shutting down its access to the social media giant's data.
Digital 31-07-2015

Google refuses French order to apply "right to be forgotten" globally

Google is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday (30 July), exposing itself to possible fines.
Digital 21-05-2015

Internet firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's 'right to be forgotten' rules

Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday (20 May), diplomatic sources said.
Competition 02-04-2015

Report: Commission to press antitrust charges against Google

Europe's competition regulator is preparing the groundwork to file charges against US search giant Google, in an antitrust investigation over the next few weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday (1 April), citing a person familiar with the matter.
Digital 04-02-2015

Google leans towards EU-only 'right to be forgotten'

Experts advising Google on a European court ruling ordering it to remove personal information from search results, is leaning towards limiting the application to European websites only.

EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.
Digital 31-10-2014

Outgoing Digital Commissioner: A lot more work is needed to clarify the ‘right to be forgotten’

The EU has to do quite a lot more work to make the “right to be forgotten” clear, says Neelie Kroes. In a wide-ranging interview, she also reflects on the new Juncker Commission and what’s missing from Europe’s digital economy.

EU preparing guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints

European regulators are working on guidelines for appeals from people whose requests to remove information from search results under their name have been turned down by search engines such as Google.
Digital 08-09-2014

Google hosts meetings across Europe on privacy rights

A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings on Tuesday to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information, following a May court ruling that reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten".
UK & Europe 30-07-2014

Right to be forgotten does not trump media freedom, EU claims

The European Commission has claimed the “right to be forgotten” on the Internet does not supercede media freedoms, after strong criticism from the UK’s House of Lords that called for the notion to be wiped out of draft EU data privacy legislation.
Digital 23-07-2014

Should the 'right to be forgotten' be reviewed by an international court?

The questions surrounding the investor-state dispute settlement are not about "corporate profits" or "promoting foreign investment", but about the role of international courts in global governance, writes Simon Lester.
Digital 18-07-2014

Commission to meet Microsoft over mass redundancies

The European Commission has asked to meet Microsoft to discuss the layoff of thousands of EU workers, as the tech giant trims its newly-acquired Nokia subsidiary
Digital 06-06-2014

How far will EU citizens' 'right to be forgotten' extend?

While Google may have been dismayed by the ramifications of a ruling in Europe's top court last month upholding the "right to be forgotten" online, European authorities are also likely to be uncertain about how it will be implemented, privacy experts and lawyers said.
Digital 30-05-2014

Google takes first step to comply with EU rules

Google has launched a service through which European citizens can request that links to what they deem objectionable be taken off search results, the first step towards complying with a court ruling affirming the "right to be forgotten."
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Digital 13-05-2014

EU court: Google must respect 'right to be forgotten'

Internet companies can be made to remove irrelevant or excessive personal information from search engine results, Europe's top court ruled on Tuesday in a case pitting privacy campaigners against Google.
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Digital 25-01-2012

EU wants 'right to be forgotten'

The European Commission on Wednesday presented a new "comprehensive" reform on data protection rules. This to replace the current laws that came into force back in 1995. Brussels wants to give people more control over their personal data by introducing the controversial "right to be forgotten". Under the proposed law, people can ask companies to delete information that they hold about them. Companies who don't comply could face fines of up to 2% of their annual turnover.