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Google Gets Boost in EU Privacy Case

Wall Street Journal

Google Inc. GOOG -0.04% won support from the European Union’s highest court Tuesday in the form of an opinion that the world’s top Web search engine can’t be forced by government agencies to remove links to personal material purely on privacy grounds, a decision that may open another front in a long battle over EU privacy laws.

Niilo Jaaskinen, an advocate general to the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice, said search engines aren’t responsible for personal data that shows up in Web pages they process. He was responding to a Spanish court’s 2011 request for guidance in a case pitting Google against Spain’s data-protection authority, which had ordered the search company to remove some search results covering the names of five Spanish residents.

These five complaints are just a sampling of 180 instances in which the Spanish data-protection regulator has told California-based Google to remove access to personal information about individuals. They also represent a significant preview of the EU’s resolve to impose strict privacy guidelines on the likes of Google and social networks such as Facebook Inc.

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US Data Privacy Laws: Legal and Marketing Professionals’ Views

IDG Connect 0811 US Data Privacy Laws: Legal and Marketing Professionals’ Views

Our increasingly social world is raising concerns over the safety of our personal data. So what do the professionals working with data privacy legislation think? Aiming to address how the two professions feel about the current state of US data privacy law, IDG Connect presents exclusive insight into whether there is a conflict between the personal views and professional experiences of marketers and legal professionals with privacy laws, and the disparity between US and EU privacy law.

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World Tech Update – 12/6/12

IDG News Service

Coming up on this week’s show the EU slaps a CRT cartel with a huge fine, we check out BlackBerry 10, SupperKing helps pay for dinner and NASA releases stunning images.

IDG World Tech Update – Week of 1/23/12

IDG News Service

The European Union proposes regulations about collection and use of personal online data, Google announces changes to its sharing across services, and Apple reports another strong quarter.

Details from Nick Barber of the IDG News Service..