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News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The BBC will publish and continually update a list of its published articles that were removed from Google searches under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards for the BBC, announced the move earlier this week at a public meeting hosted by Google. The decision is a reaction to...
News Story
10/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are pushing for America to become like Europe and introduce a “right to be forgotten” on the Internet. The Consumer Watchdog organization has penned an open letter to Google, asking it to extend the controversial EU ruling to the United States. If it gets its way, it would mean that American citizens could also ask...
News Story
10/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The US should be more like Europe – and introduce the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling – says a top American consumer-defending organisation. In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page and exec chairman Eric Schmidt, Consumer Watchdog asked the search supremos to extend the EU's privacy ruling, dubbed the "...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
There are a lot of things that we wish we could forget and probably even more things that we want everyone else to forget. The Internet and social media has made that pretty much all but impossible. If you don’t believe me, just ask any politician. So much information is being gathered about you every time you visit a site. This is mostly...
Blog Post
10/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Since The European Court of Justice ruled  that citizens of the European Union have a “right to be be forgotten” Google and other search engine operators have been doing their best to undermine the court’s decision.  Instead — if they would actually listen to their users — they would be figuring out how to...
News Story
10/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp-led consortium wants third party sites included in top results. Yesterday a new anti-Google consortium called “Focus on the User” launched a website that cleverly uses Google’s own words and algorithm to make an argument against Google+ Local (map pack) search results. It also operates as a concrete proposal that might...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp, TripAdvisor and their allies launched a new effort Monday to convince European antitrust officials to force Google to stop promoting its own online services at the expense of its rivals. The companies unveiled a new website, Focus on the User, which explains why they’re concerned that Google is making it harder for consumers to find...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove fruitless and that after almost four years of investigation and negotiation, it...
News Story
6/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has started removing some search results in the EU following an EU court telling it last month to respond to requests by people seeking the ''right to be forgotten,'' Bloomberg reports. The company started offering an online tool to allow people to ask for search results to be redacted after the EU Court of Justice ruled on...