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"I would say the biggest problem we have is that the law seems to indicate Google needs to censor links to information that is clearly public - links to articles in legally published, truthful news stories. "That is a very dangerous path to go down, and certainly if we want to go down a path where we are going to be censoring history, there is no way we should leave a private company like Google in charge of making those decisions."

BBC News - Wikipedia link hidden by ‘right to be forgotten’

Hidden From Google doesn’t automatically archive each website that disappears from searches—instead, it relies on news reports about specific websites that are removed. Any person can submit a link that has been removed from Google, and the site will archive it. That means that the site is far from comprehensive. It only has a couple dozen stories listed thus far. Meanwhile, Google has a backlog of some 50,000 requests. By that measure, the site isn’t perfect—but it is a start. Websites such as Chilling Effects catalog takedown requests from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but haven’t yet begun listing sites removed from searches because of right to be forgotten requests.

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced to Forget | Motherboard

In Friday’s turnabout, the company told The Guardian that several links to its articles had been reinstated in Google’s European search service after the newspaper complained. Some of the articles were from 2010 about a soccer referee, now retired, who had been accused of lying about why he had awarded a penalty kick in a match in Scotland. Google declined to explain why it had removed the links this week, or its reasons for honoring The Guardian’s request to restore them. Critics said the episode highlighted a lack of transparency about how Google is carrying out the court order as it works through requests it has received for removing information, a number that has reached 70,000 and continues to grow.

Google Reinstates European Links to Articles From The Guardian - NYTimes.com

ISPs File Legal Complaint in Europe Over Spying

Seven Internet service providers and non-profit groups from various countries have filed a legal complaint against the British spy agency GCHQ. Their issue: that the clandestine organization broke the law by hacking the computers of Internet companies to access their networks.

The complaint, filed with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, calls for an end to the spy agency’s targeting of system administrators in order to gain access to the networks of service providers and conduct mass surveillance. The legal action was filed in conjunction with Privacy International, and stems from reports last year that GCHQ hacked employees of the Belgian telecom Belgacom in order to access and compromise critical routers in the company’s infrastructure to monitor the communication of smartphone users that passed through the router.

» via Wired

This doesn’t mean that website owners who host copyrighted content illegally, which can be accessed and streamed by Internet users, are off the hook though. It’s just the end-user that’s covered under existing law from having to pay any fines for streaming any kind of illegally hosted copyrighted content from the Internet. This should be good news for all those German Internet users who received fines at home for streaming certain porn videos from a site last year.

Pirating copyrighted content is legal in Europe, if done correctly - Yahoo News

The court ruled that “on-screen copies and the cached copies made by an end-user in the course of viewing a website satisfy the conditions” of infringement exemptions spelled out in the EU Copyright Directive. The NLA’s opponent in the case was the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). The PR group hailed the decision. “We are utterly delighted that the CJEU has accepted all of our arguments against the NLA, which represents eight national newspapers. The Court of Justice, like the Supreme Court before them, understands that the NLA’s attempts to charge for reading online content do not just affect the PR world, but the fundamental rights of all EU citizens to browse the Internet,” PRCA Director General Francis Ingham said. “This is a huge step in the right direction for the courts as they seek ways to deal with the thorny issues of Internet use and copyright law.”

Web browsing is copyright infringement, publishers argue | Ars Technica

Within 24 hours of putting the form online, Google had reportedly received 12,000 deletion requests — and by Monday, that figure had risen to 41,000, according to a source at the company.

Google has received over 41,000 requests to ‘forget’ personal information | ITworld

As we noted when writing about internet refuseniks in the US, age, education, and income are all important factors in how much people use the internet. And like the US, the EU is keen to expand web access by promoting faster and more affordable broadband, 4G mobile access, better rural connections, and the like. The trends in the EU are moving in the right direction (see chart above), although the bloc still lags the US in getting people online—only 15% of Americans have never used the internet. But the biggest barrier to internet ubiquity is out of the hands of government officials. Nearly half of European households without internet access say, simply, that it is “not needed.”

20% of Europeans have never used the internet – Quartz

Americans will find their searches bowdlerized by prissy European sensibilities," said Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "We’ll be the big losers. The big winners will be French ministers who want the right to have their last mistress forgotten.

Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Ruling Unlikely to Repeat in U.S. - NBC News.com

On Tuesday, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google must comply with the EU Data Protection Directive, even if much of its data processing occurs in other countries. That means that Google will be required to remove links, as requested by individuals, under certain circumstances, such as when the linked pages include inaccurate or illegally acquired information. Exactly how the deletion request process will work is yet to be determined, raising questions over whether the new ruling can actually be enforced. The decision is typical of the EU, which has always taken a harder line on privacy than the U.S. But data privacy is a now growing concern in the U.S as well. Last year, the Senate investigative committee issued a report that looked at privacy concerns in the data brokerage industry, and this year, the White House published its much anticipated report on big data and privacy. As we debate our own policy solutions to privacy problems, we should watch how similar policies play out in Europe.

EU Rules That Google Must Honor Your ‘Right to be Forgotten’ | Enterprise | WIRED