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Justice minister: No 'unfettered right' to search deletion

Responding to the peers' report, justice minister Simon Hughes said:

The Government wants to protect privacy rights and freedom of speech while taking action to bolster economic growth.

Our greatest challenge is getting that balance right, and we welcome the support of the Lords for our position in negotiating new European data protection legislation.

I agree that it is neither accurate nor helpful to say that the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice has given a right to be forgotten. We need to be clear that the judgment does not give individuals an unfettered right to have their personal data deleted from search engine results.

– Simon Hughes MP

Redacted material criteria 'vague and ambiguous'

In its report, based on evidence from data protection evidence, the Office of the Information Commissioner, justice minister Simon Hughes and Google itself, the Lords committee said that the court's judgment had resulted in material being blocked on the basis of "vague, ambiguous and unhelpful" criteria which did not reflect the current state of information technology.

Peers warned the court against trying to "enforce the impossible".

Committee chairman Baroness Prashar said:

Although this was a short inquiry, it is crystal clear that neither the 1995 Directive, nor the Court of Justice's interpretation of it reflects the incredible advancement in technology that we see today, over 20 years since the directive was drafted. Anyone anywhere in the world now has information at the touch of a button, and that includes detailed personal information about people in all countries of the globe.

– Baroness Prashar

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Lords: Right to be forgotten ruling is 'wrong in principle'

European courts ruled that Google must remove certain search results.
European courts ruled that Google must remove certain search results. Credit: PA

The European Court of Justice's demand for internet search engines to respect individuals' "right to be forgotten" is unworkable and unreasonable and should be written out of future EU law, a House of Lords committee has said.

In a new report, the Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee said it was "wrong in principle" to give search engines the power to decide what should or should not be deleted and called on the UK Government to fight to ensure that updated EU regulations do not contain a "right to erasure".

The court ruled in May that links to irrelevant and outdated data should be erased on request from searches within the EU, sparking concerns over censorship of material which is accurate and in the public domain.

Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images

Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is planning to sue internet giant Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party.

Max Mosley is to sue Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party.
Max Mosley is to sue Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Mosley, the youngest son of former fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, is seeking to stop Google from gathering and publishing the pictures that first featured in the now-defunct News of the World.

The 74-year-old won £60,000 in privacy damages from the newspaper in 2008 after the High Court ruled the party was not Nazi themed and the article was not in the public interest.

He has now issued High Court proceedings against Google Inc and Google UK Limited for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act, through his lawyers Payne Hicks Beach.

Announcing the action he said: "Google should operate within the law rather than according to rules it makes itself. It cannot be allowed to ignore judgments in our courts."

His lawyers Payne Hicks Beach added that the proceedings follow "extensive attempts to persuade Google to resolve the matter outside the courts".

Google removes Isis app from Play store

Google has removed an app from Islamist militant group Isis, which was available to download from the Google Play store, ITV News has been told.

The Islamist militants launched the app in April to try to enhance their profile on social media.

The ISIS app was known as 'the Dawn of Glad Tidings'. Credit: Google Play

Thousands of people had downloaded the 'Dawn of Glad Tidings' app, which promised users "news from Iraq, Syria and the Islamic world".

A Google spokesman said: "We remove any applications that breach our community guidelines."

Read: Isis official app available to download on Google Play

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Google gaffe as Chinese game doodle marks D-Day

Google was forced to issue an apology after a doodle celebrating the ancient Chinese board game Go appeared on its UK homepage on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The online giant quickly replaced the doodle with a link to D-Day material, saying a "technical error" resulted in the World War II commemorations being apparently ignored.

UK users were this morning greeted by a Go doodle instead of a D-Day tribute. Credit: Google

Peter Barron, the search engine's director of communications, told the Telegraph the company had " always intended to highlight a new exhibition of imagery and archive material commemorating D-Day on our home page."

Read: D-Day 70 - Commemorations honour D-day veterans

"Unfortunately a technical error crept in and for a short period this morning an international doodle also appeared. We're sorry for the mistake, and we're proud to honour those who took part in D-Day," he said.

Google quickly replaced the Go doodle with a link to D-Day archive material. Credit: Google

The Go doodle, which Google say was only meant to appear on its Japan and Hong Kong homepages, featured a graphic of the legendary Japanese Go player Honinbo Shusaku.

Google.co.uk, Google.com, and Google.fr now display the link to D-Day archive material in the Google Cultural Institute.

Since the first Google Doodle in 1998, there have been more than 2,000 on its home pages around the world marking various events, landmarks and people

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