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Europe’s “Right to be Forgotten” Is Proving Difficult to Execute

Last month, the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the “right to be forgotten,” which holds that search-engine operators should delete outdated, inaccurate, or irrelevant information from the results they return. However, search-engine operators are finding this hard to accomplish, particularly because they have received huge volumes of deletion requests from users. . For example, Google says it is fielding an average of 10,000 requests per day. The right to be forgotten has proven to be controversial. Proponents say it is necessary to protect individual privacy. Opponents say that it is a form of censorship, will be too time-consuming and expensive to comply with, and will balkanize search result by creating one set for Europe and one for the rest of the world. Issues surrounding the European Court of Justice’s decision led to two days of meetings by EU data-protection authorities. The group of 28 data authority leaders is scheduled to produce an agreement specifying compliance requirements in September of this year. (TIME)(Reuters)

EU Commissioner: Internet Governance Should Be Global

The European Union is seeking an expanded role in Internet governance. The management and operations of the Internet must be reformed, said EU digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes upon proposing a new Internet governance policy. One of the keys is globalizing the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which assigns top-level Internet domains. In light of the recent release of information about widespread Internet surveillance by US government agencies, various world leaders have questioned whether the US is a worthy Internet steward. Instead, said Kroes, Internet governance must become more global, transparent, and inclusive. The EU says governance should not be ceded to the United Nations but instead should be handled by all stakeholders, including governments, companies, civil society, and others. (SlashDot)(Network World)(The Wall Street Journal)(EUROPA)

European Data Regulators Press Google on Privacy

Data regulators in France and Italy are among the latest European officials to require more transparency from Google regarding its collection and handling of large amounts of user data. Italy has requested additional data from Google and said it is considering sanctions for any breaches of its user privacy rules. The French data protection agency has already found Google in violation of its rules. The search giant now has three months to change its policies and practices or be subject to sanctions by France’s Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des Libertés, its data protection agency designed to ensure that the collection, storage, and use of personal data doesn’t violate privacy laws. The sanctions could include a fine of up to €150,000 (about $198,000) plus a second fine of €300,000 (about $395,000) if Google continues to not comply. Meanwhile, Spain initiated a sanction procedure against Google for infringement of Spanish data protection laws. The UK, Germany, and the Netherlands are also planning some type of action against Google. Additionally, 37 European data protection agencies  signed a joint letter expressing concern about Google Glass to company CEO Larry Page . The company is developing Google Glass as a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. (Reuters)(Fast Company)(The Guardian)

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