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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

The Right to be Forgotten trial has heard arguments on whether a man who gave interviews about his criminal past should be able to have those reports, among others, deleted from Google Search.

“The claimant in this case is a businessman who more than a decade ago pleaded guilty to an offence of conspiracy to intercept communications in a business context,” his barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC of Matrix Chambers, told London’s High Court yesterday morning, adding that his client “was sentenced to a short term of imprisonment”.

Source: Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results • The Register

Canadian Court Re-examines Google Takedown Order In Light of U.S. Ruling

Last year’s Supreme Court of Canada Google v. Equustek case , which upheld a B.C. court’s global takedown order, continues to play out in the courts.

The Supreme Court decision noted that it was open to Google to raise potential conflict of laws with the B.C. court in the hopes of varying the order: If Google has evidence that complying with such an injunction would require it to violate the laws of another jurisdiction, including interfering with freedom of expression, it is always free to apply to the British Columbia courts to vary the interlocutory order accordingly.

Source: Back to B.C.: Court Re-examines Google Takedown Order In Light of U.S. Ruling

Google not obligated to vet websites, German court rules

Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results, Germany’s highest court ruled on Tuesday.

The case, which comes in the context of debate about the so-called “right to be forgotten”, had been brought by two individuals seeking Google to prevent its search engine from displaying links to websites on which they were verbally attacked by other internet users.

Source: Google not obligated to vet websites, German court rules

‘Right to be forgotten’: UK’s high court hears second Google case

A second businessman who wants links to articles about his criminal past removed from search engine results has launched a high court fight.

The man, known as NT2, was convicted more than 10 years ago of conspiracy to intercept communications, a high court judge has been told.

NT2 argues his conviction is legally spent and he has a right to be forgotten. Google disagrees and is resisting his request to take down the links to website articles, including several published by national newspapers and media.

Source: ‘Right to be forgotten’: high court hears second Google case | Technology | The Guardian

Toronto smart city plan faces privacy concerns

Sidewalk Labs, the unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. selected to help transform a parcel of land known as Quayside, at the foot of Parliament Street, listed off a dizzying array of technologies it could develop in Canada’s largest city, then sell elsewhere: cameras and sensors that detect pedestrians at traffic lights or alert cleanup crews when garbage bins overflow; robotic vehicles that whisk away garbage in underground tunnels; heated bike lanes to melt snow; even a new street layout to accommodate a fleet of self-driving cars.

Many are concerned about the data Sidewalk could collect. Some say the deal has been shrouded in secrecy. Others fear the company’s vague but sweeping plans could threaten the city’s authority over a massive swath of waterfront or even its public transit system and other key services.

Source: Cracks appear in Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto waterfront plan after fanfare – The Globe and Mail

Germany seeks CJEU answer whether telecommunications law applies to webmail service providers

The Higher Administrative Court for North Rhine-Westphalia (‘the Court’) announced, on 26 February 2018, that it had filed a request for a preliminary ruling with the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’), seeking clarification on whether webmail providers are considered electronic communications services under Article 2 of the Framework Directive (Directive 2002/21/EC) (‘the Directive’).

The proceedings before the Court originated from a legal dispute between the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (‘Bun­desnet­za­gen­tur’) and Google, Inc. over the Bun­desnet­za­gen­tur’s classification of Gmail as a telecommunications service within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1996 (‘TKG’).

Source: Germany: CJEU Gmail referral “could lead to application of TKG” to webmail service providers

Google updates “right to be forgotten” transparency report

In May 2014, in a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice established the “right to be forgotten,” or more accurately, the “right to delist,” allowing Europeans to ask search engines to delist information about themselves from search results. In deciding what to delist, search engines like Google must consider if the information in question is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive”—and whether there is a public interest in the information remaining available in search results.

Understanding how we make these types of decisions—and how people are using new rights like those granted by the European Court—is important. Since 2014, we’ve provided information about “right to be forgotten” delisting requests in our Transparency Report, including the number of URLs submitted to us, the number of URLs delisted and not delisted, and anonymized examples of some of the requests we have received.

Source: Updating our “right to be forgotten” Transparency Report

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s software is able to accurately deduce data, including an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether or not they smoke. This can then be used to predict their risk of suffering a major cardiac event — such as a heart attack — with roughly the same accuracy as current leading methods.

Source: Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes – The Verge

Facebook, Google and Twitter to make their terms of services GDPR compliant

European Commission together with EU consumer authorities published the changes Facebook, Twitter and Google+ made to their terms of services, to align them with the EU consumer protection rules and to ensure the rapid removal of illegal commercial content upon notification.

These changes will benefit more than a quarter billion of EU consumers who use social media. They come as the result of a joint action by national enforcers of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network led by the French authorities and facilitated by the Commission, which started at the end of 2016.

Source: JUST Newsroom – Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules – European Commission

The False Teeth of Chrome’s Ad Filter

Today Google launched a new version of its Chrome browser with what they call an “ad filter”— which means that it sometimes blocks ads but is not an “ad blocker.” EFF welcomes the elimination of the worst ad formats. But Google’s approach here is a band-aid response to the crisis of trust in advertising that leaves massive user privacy issues unaddressed.

Source: The False Teeth of Chrome’s Ad Filter.

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