Google’s Advisory Committee Says No to Global Right to be Forgotten
From The Next Web:
An advisory council, formed by Google, has backed its decision to apply Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling only in the European Union. Regulators had previously called on the company to apply the rule globally.
Google put together the eight-person committee in May last year to advise it on implementing the EU court decision. It’s comprised of academics and thinkers including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. They say they weren’t paid beyond expenses and have signed no contractual or non-disclosure agreements with the company.
The report is likely to be seen by European officials as little more than a PR exercise. We can expect to see more clashes between the EU and US companies over privacy laws in the coming months.
The outcome of the discussions has been so far that Google has applied the ruling in a pan-European way,” said Professor Luciano Floridi of Oxford University, one of the members of the ten-strong Advisory Council which includes two Google executives.
“There is a general agreement at least among most members of the Advisory Council that this is a good compromise.”
Google appointed the panel to advise it on how to implement the ruling from the EU’s supreme court ordering it to remove links to information that is inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant from search results for a person’s name.
“The report will not end the discussion,” Lidia Kolucka-Zuk, a Polish lawyer and member of the panel, said.
“It’s extremely difficult to co-decide whether we should go this way or that way exactly in terms of territoriality.”
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