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Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

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Google is going to Europe's top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally. The technology giant is set for a showdown at the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday with France's data privacy regulator over an order to remove search results worldwide upon request. The dispute pits data privacy concerns against the public's right to know, while also raising thorny questions about how to enforce differing legal jurisdictions when it comes to the borderless internet. The two sides will be seeking clarification on a 2015 decision by the French regulator requiring Google to remove results for all its search engines on request, and not just on European country sites like google.fr. Google decli...
France aims to control Google content globally

France aims to control Google content globally

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France is headed to the European Court of Justice to establish whether it can force companies such as Google to de-list search results globally. France's data regulator is seeking clarification on whether material removed under the "right to be forgotten" (RTBF) law should only be removed within France or if it should be de-listed on every Google domain.RTBF was established in 2014 when a man called Mario Costeja complained that searching for his name on Google returned out-of-date material about an unsettled debt and didn't reveal that his debt was settled.He won his case, and now the RTBF allows ordinary people to demand that Google amends its search results and de-lists links to "inadequate, irrelevant or [...] excessive" information. Although the material itself remains...
Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

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President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that almost all stories & news is BAD" — and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation. Google is pushing back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't true: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." The president's tweets Tuesday echoed his familiar attacks on the news media — and a conservative talking point that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don't give equal weight to opposing political viewpoints. They also revealed anew his deep-seated frustration over not getting the credit he believes he deserves. The p...
Google tracks users who turn off location history

Google tracks users who turn off location history

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Google records users' locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested.The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search.The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US law-makers.Google said in response that it provides clear descriptions of its tools and how to turn them off.The study found that users' whereabouts are recorded even when location history has been disabled. For example: Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you open the Maps app Automatic weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where a user is Searches that have nothing to do with location pinpoint precise longitude a...
Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

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The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it will bypass the Google Play app store when the game is released for Android smartphones.The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made.Epic Games' chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was "disproportionate" to the contribution Google made.The studio has not yet announced when the game will arrive on Android.Fortnite Battle Royale sees 100 players land on an island to look for weapons and build defences. The person who survives the longest wins.The game is free to play, although gamers can choose to buy cosmetic customisations such as clothes and dance moves for their character.In a statement about the...