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7/7/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s failure to offer U.S. users the ability to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive is an “unfair and deceptive” practice, Consumer Watchdog said in a complaint today to the Federal Trade Commission. In...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Internet users in Europe have something Internet users in the U.S. don't have: a right to be forgotten online. Thanks to a 2014 court case, Europeans can ask search giants to remove results that are outdated, inaccurate, or irrelevant -- giving them more control over their online reputations. But now, one consumer group is...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is asking the Federal Trade Commission to extend Europe’s “right to be forgotten” to Google and other search engines. Because of the European law adopted in 2014 as the result of a court case, Google has removed more than 41 percent of the requests it receive in Europe. It declined to remove about 495, 674...
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7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s failure to offer U.S. users the ability to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive is an “unfair and deceptive” practice, Consumer Watchdog said in a complaint today to the Federal Trade Commission.
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Even those of us who didn’t grow up in the Internet age can still find traces of our much younger selves online, which can occasionally make for a fun trip down memory lane. But not everyone is pleased with the idea that every online mention of their name may be forever etched into Google’s search memory. In 2014, the Court of Justice...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
I’ve been a critic of the European “right to be forgotten” ruling that requires Google to remove links to some Internet content. The ruling is anti-information, anti-free speech and a burden for companies that have to sift through thousands of requests. Since Google lost the ruling last year, it has removed links to more than 40...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog today filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, saying that Google's failure to offer U.S. users the same “right to be forgotten” enjoyed by citizens of the European Union is “unfair and deceptive.” John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director, wrote...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A group on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) arguing that Google should allow users to request that information about them be taken down from the search engine. In its complaint, Consumer Watchdog says Google is misleading consumers in the United States by saying it is devoted to privacy without offering the so-...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Right To Be Forgotten has proved controversial. A little over a year ago Google was told by a European court that it should accept requests to remove from search results pages that are "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". Now, calls for the scheme to be extended to the US are growing ever-louder. Consumer Watchdog not only...
News Story
7/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group is urging the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate why Google has not given American internet users the “right to be forgotten.”   In 2014, a European court mandated that Google remove search results from individuals when asked, if the results are irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate....