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Google European meetings on privacy rights

Google hosts debates on 'right to be forgotten'
2014-09-08 09:31 by
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Google is to hold a meeting in Madrid on Tuesday to discuss privacy issues following a court ruling in May that enforced citizens' "right to be forgotten". The ruling by the European Court of Justice lets people ask Google to remove some types of information about them from its search index. The ruling only affects searches done in Europe.

The event in Madrid will be the first of seven meetings in European capitals, as the Internet giant struggles with thousands of requests a month to remove from its search results everything from serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, instances of online bullying and negative press stories. By the mid-July more than 90000 requests were sent to the company.

Google is seeking input from experts to speak at the meetings, which it said were being held to discuss how "one person's right to be forgotten should be balanced with the public's right to information".

Meanwhile data protection regulators from European countries, which are next set to meet on Sept. 15, are working on guidelines for the search engines, which also include Microsoft and Yahoo!, to ensure that requests are handled consistently.

Read the full Reuters story -here-


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