Google ready for E.U. privacy ruling

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is ready for action as the new European Court of Justice's “right to be forgotten” ruling goes into effect today.

From Friday and onwards, an online form allows a request to censor links or damaging information.

Google has announced plans to create a Europe-based committee made up of outside experts to conduct hearings and deal with the new privacy concerns.

Although Google will be able to handle the new law, CEO Larry Page warns of risks damaging the next generation of internet start-ups.

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  • AnLe41
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    As a shareholder of Google, I am concerned that the EU Court of Justice has advocated in defence of privacy and protection of individuals against negative information on the Internet. This may dilute the value of Google as it hampers Google's ability to control all personal information resulting from web searches, which advertisers will take into consideration when web ad revenue rates are negotiated.


    If NSA is allowed to collect all on-line information of every US (and other countries') residents, why shouldn't Google be allowed to provide all personal information available on the I-net to keep its business model intact. This obstructs the free monetization of the Internet and could negatively impact the interest to invest in new Internet ventures. Who cares about privacy these days?
    30 May 2014, 02:29 AM Reply Like
  • duhaus
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    As a human being I'm concerned there are people who would say "Who cares about privacy these days?" based solely on greed.
    30 May 2014, 09:50 AM Reply Like
  • Yesterdays_news
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    As a shareholder you don't know much about what Google does.


    They already handle millions of takedown requests. It will not dilute the value AT ALL to handle a few hundred thousand more.


    What you SHOULD be concerned about are Google's rapidly declining CTRs (Click Through Rates) on their ads. That will gut your stock value faster than anything! No clicks, equal no ad income, equals no Google!
    1 Jun 2014, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • Patent News
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    very bad argument using NSA as an analogy....
    30 May 2014, 04:39 AM Reply Like
  • Benjamin Frost
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    This is a great ruling, but I anticipate that it will be extremely hard to enforce and will create chaos. If it makes Google's life harder, so much the better.
    30 May 2014, 06:01 AM Reply Like
  • gmmpa
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    Once you allow a governmental bureaucrat or agency to dictate content or tax access to information it will be the start of a slippery slope of the decline of freedom worldwide.


    Why shouldn't there be public information available about some guy in Spain that defaults on a debt and walks away be part of the public domain. His remedy should be to make good on his debt and petition the legal entity at the source that posted the information to have it expunged from his public record so the Google link will not apply.


    Why is it Goggle's job to determent FACTS in the public domain? It is also not Goggle's job to determent the TRUTH? They report and you should decide. That is what makes the Internet one of the greatest inventions in human history.
    30 May 2014, 07:26 AM Reply Like
  • Yesterdays_news
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    So you think Google is an angel and should be above the law?


    Currently MANY have real valid issues with Google...
    1 Jun 2014, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • gmmpa
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    Yesterday_news what is your problem with Google?


    You mean above the law like the Obama administration? Seriously... There are more serious issue in the world then a link to stealing pictures. Who the hell are you and why are you here. Do you even have a portfolio? This website is about a discuss for Tomorrows_News. The news that helps us determine where to put our money to work!


    Like them or not Google has added value to how the world works and plays. They make the Internet a better service for the people of the world. If you don't like them use some other search engine to research your agenda driven pablum. Yes I like them. Yes I own them. Yes they make money for their shareholders in the process. They have made a lot of money for me in the past. They will make me a lot of money in the future.


    You know... They are like all the other capitalist organizations that is above the law. They provide a service that people want and expect to make money in the process for the services. And along the way attract people that hate success and waste everyone's time make stupid arguments on capitalist websites that allow your to post stupid opinions for free.


    2 Jun 2014, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • Cliff Hilton
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    I would support such a law here in the United States of America. It's a shame the EU is having to lead on such things a freedom.


    Governments end up wanting more control over the people. Why do you think our Constitution exist?


    Would one prefer having Google follow your daughter home from school and work? They are with the apps on her iPhone! You would cry "foul" if they did it in a car behind her and posted her location online. That's what they are doing. No?


    Track her phone the next time she leaves home. You can see, turn for turn, where she goes (find my phone). You don't want that information at Google. But they and the NSA have it. If they have it, what is keeping hackers from gaining that same information?


    IPhones can be hacked. If someone wants to follow her, they can. No? How in the world do you think they are catching all these drug dealers in Mexico and others around the world.


    Trust no one with your information. Don't allow anyone access to it. Don't allow anyone to keep history of your every step.


    You don't want everything you say recorded and posted online. The NSA and your friendly hardware manufacturer can remotely turn on any function of your phone and see/hear what you are saying, where your at, and who you are with.


    I want to opt out of that kind of freedom.
    30 May 2014, 08:25 AM Reply Like
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    Throw the football back?


    Google has done, what I call "throwing the football back to the other guy."


    So you fill out this form....supposedly, that satisfy the request to remove the bit of information, that you don't like, or isn't true, or isn't even about you. "Sure that will work."


    When I look up my own name on LInkedIn, I find 77 other professionals, that have my name. When I Google my name, I find someone, with the same name, who is a registered sex Florida. (I'm never moving to Florida)


    If your name is Tom Smith, there are about 35,000 Tom Smiths.....MMMMM
    Get the idea. How can Google verify the true identity of the person who fills out the form, especially if there is about 3000 people, with the same name, that send you that damn form.


    This is just the beginning of Google's will get worse.


    My insight is worth what I charge for it.
    30 May 2014, 08:35 AM Reply Like
  • gmmpa
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    The original information does not belong to Google. They didn't create it. They did not store it. They can not erase it. It is public information available to anyone that knows where it is located. Why is it the search engines job to censor it?


    There are 500 million people in the countries of the EU. How do you successfully manage such an effort if there are millions of requests? This is an absurd ruling by the EU.


    Also censorship of information in the public domain and government intrusion into individual privacy are not the same thing.
    31 May 2014, 12:40 AM Reply Like
  • Yesterdays_news
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    Simple, they store it.


    You are correct that they did not create the data, but since they store/distribute it in their data centers, they basically have to follow the laws in each country on digital data.


    Google is getting real ballsie and is fighting this since they are basically now taking peoples images and placing them on their new image library with zero permission. And also older copyrighted books that they are scanning and putting online without permission. They are seeing just how much they can get away with. They mostly settle out of court with the multi billion dollar companies that hit them with copyright infringement, and just crush people like you that complain.


    However, they are not allowed to display and distribute stolen digital files if the owner files a takedown request in the U.S. and most countries.
    That is why you are able to contact Google and have your stolen data and images removed from their search index. Basically they have to the follow the law(s) of each country. Currently you are NOT allowed to store and distribute stolen digital property in the USA due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that was signed into law by President Clinton on October 28, 1998. That is why Google has this takedown page below.


    To answer your question, they are already handling millions of takedown requests. A few hundred thousand more can be easily be taken care of.

    1 Jun 2014, 03:32 PM Reply Like
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