Right to Be Forgotten

Why Our Virtual Failure to Protect Is Real Abuse

Jemma Wayne | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Jemma Wayne

I use the word 'protection' deliberately because in many ways the proliferation of images on the Internet is a form of abuse. An abuse of the individual's right to a private life, an abuse of the (rapidly disappearing) innocence of childhood, and in some cases actual literal abuse.

Google Reaches Settlement In Online Abuse Case

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Tech

A UK businessman has a reached a settlement with Google after going to court to have numerous malicious references to him removed. A Google spokesp...

Of the Right to be Forgotten and the Unforgiving Aspect of Online Archives

Julien Tissandier | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Julien Tissandier

The media in general and online editors in particular are not necessarily the bad guys here, far from it, they mostly just stick to their journalistic ethos... A possible solution could be that, after a set number of years, the article would either de-index itself or anonymise the individuals it cites. Some kind of "digital rehabilitation act" if you will, or a self-triggered right to be forgotten.

The End of Internet Freedom?

Hugo Winn | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Tech
Hugo Winn

The European Court of Justice ruling this year is a watershed moment for the info sphere - it redefines the individual's relationship to his/her online data, not to mention presenting a practical quandrum for search giants like Google.

This House Supports the Right to Be Forgotten

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

On Thursday October 23rd the Cambridge Union Society hosted a debate sponsored by Mendeley about the right to be forgotten online, and voted to oppose the motion. Gabriel Hughes, VP of Analytics at Elsevier and a former executive at Google, outlines his own stance in opposition and reflects on the overall debate.

Adventures In Online Reputation Management

Paul Blanchard | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

The 'right to be forgotten' law is now in full swing. Google has removed more than 60,000 web links and some days it seems like every search you do has the italicised warning at the bottom of the page: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more. Strange wording isn't it? Let's face it - some results have been removed, Google, or the italics of doom would not be there.

The BBC Is Publishing Its 'Right To Be Forgotten' List

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Tech

The BBC has confirmed that it will publish a constantly updating list of all its articles that have been removed from Google under the controversial '...

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 17 October 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

The Street Camel of News It's been a good week for broken ground. UKIP, after nearly twenty years as an entity, finally won a parliamentary election,...

Google 'Right To Be Forgotten' Stats Reveal Thousands Of UK Requests

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Tech

Britons have asked Google to remove more than 60,000 web links from its results under the "right to be forgotten" law, the search engine has revealed....

The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship

Thomas Hughes | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The council will examine the tension between the basic principles of privacy and the public's right to know - the main concern with this controversial ruling.

Yes, I Was a Glamour Model, But Do I Have to Be Defined By This Sexed-Up Image of My Eighteen-Year-Old Self Forever?

Keeley Hazell | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Keeley Hazell

It dwells on me as I stare at the Internet version of myself, I don't want to delete my past entirely... People change. People can be more than one thing. We all deserve 'the right to be forgotten' not to censor our mistakes, so our Google personas don't solely dictate who we are. I guess writing about reinvention is the easy part; it's fighting for it in reality that's the challenge.

Why I Am Taking Legal Action Against Google

Max Mosley | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Max Mosley

The High Court has ruled the pictures illegal. Google refuses to take straightforward technical measures to stop them being displayed on its search engine. In a society with respect for the rule of law, that is clearly wrong. The point is a straightforward one: should Google be allowed to refuse to take measures to stop illegal images being displayed? Or should they have to respect the law and the courts as is the norm in all civilised societies? I believe that it's time for Google to learn that with great power and wealth comes great responsibility, not immunity from the rule of law.

Does Your 'Right to Be Forgotten' Exist?

Christian Toon | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Can companies relax about personal data and consumer fears? Not in the slightest. We may have a better understanding about the benefits of sharing our data with the brands we love, but that does not negate their responsibility to protect that data.

Wikipedia Has Revealed All Of The Links Google Has Hidden

The Huffington Post UK | Huffington Post/PA | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech

Wikipedia has published its first transparency report, detailing the number of requests it has received for user data or for content to be removed. ...

Lords Committee Says EU's Online 'Right To Be Forgotten' Law Is Unworkable

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

The European Court of Justice's demand for internet search engines to respect individuals' "right to be forgotten" is unworkable and unreasonable and ...

The Privacy Prospect

Mark Whitby | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

The "right to be forgotten" could be seen as a potential coup for brands and consumers who wish to rid themselves of those old, embarrassing search links once and for all... Instead of being asked in the fine print if we wish to opt out, the marketing industry may need to get used to the idea of politely asking consumers to opt in.

How To Get Around Google's 'Right To Be Forgotten'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech

After a decision by a European court, Google has recently been forced to remove links to certain content on request. Known as the 'right to be forgott...

Is Ex-RBS Boss Fred The Shred Trying To Vanish From The Internet?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

The home of disgraced former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Fred Goodwin has vanished from Google Street View, just weeks after the search giant agreed ...

You Can Now Ask Google To Forget You

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Tech

Google has launched a new form to allow EU citizens to request information be removed to protect their reputation. The move comes after a decision ...

What the EU Data Protection Reforms Mean to You

Christian Toon | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

You may have seen in the news recently that the European Union is undergoing its first major overhaul of data protection and privacy reforms since 1995. But what will these mean for you and I? In short:

Should Google be Held Accountable for What Is Published on the Web?

Andrew Tibber | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

In the wake of the EU Court's decision, Google is now faced with a few problems that not only call into question the principles behind the right to be forgotten but could also have possible damaging effects on its functionality as a search engine tool.

Not Forgetting Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

Clearly we as society, policymakers and website service providers need to consider how we can do more to ensure less people become victims of online abuse, commit suicide, have "bad internet experiences," are forced to move from school to school, home to home, and are even afraid to use the internet.

Spain Sends 'Right To Be Forgotten' Cases To Top EU Court

Wall Street Journal | Melanie Hick | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Tech

Spain’s highest court, the Audiencia Nacional, has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify whether requests from Spanish citizens to have dat...

Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones but Inaccurate Information Could Ruin my Life

John Carr | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK
John Carr

By all means use the internet as a source of seemingly positive information to give you a larger potential pool of applicants or members. However, as a source of negative information which you cannot or will not confirm or be able to check directly with the person concerned it should be a no no in all but the most obvious cases.