Bloomberg Quint: Google Clash Over Global Right to Be Forgotten Returns to Court. “Google’s battle against French proponents of a worldwide ‘right to be forgotten’ enters a decisive phase at the European Union’s top court on Thursday, in a case that highlights the growing tensions between privacy, freedom of speech and state censorship. Ahead of a ruling later this year, an adviser at the EU Court of Justice will on Jan. 10 deliver an opinion on whether the world’s most-used search engine can limit the geographical scope of the privacy right to EU-based searches.”
New Zealand Herald: Google blasts French bid to globalise right to be forgotten. “Google Tuesday attacked efforts by France’s privacy watchdog to globalise the so-called right to forgotten, telling European Union judges that the regulator ‘is out on a limb.'”
BetaNews: Google loses big ‘right to be forgotten’ case — and it could set an important precedent. “A businessman with an historic criminal conviction has won his case against Google in a ‘right to be forgotten’ lawsuit seeking to remove information about his conviction from search results. The case, heard today in London, could set a precedent and lead to a series of similar cases from other people with spent convictions. The anonymous businessman — known only as NT2 — has a conviction for conspiracy to intercept communications from more than a decade ago and spent six months in prison for the crime.”
NPR: The Paris Lawyer Who Gives Google Nightmares. “Dan Shefet is an unlikely tech revolutionary. He’s not a young math geek who builds driverless cars, nor does he promise to make a tech product for the masses. His crusade is different. The 63-year-old year old Shefet has staged an astonishingly effective campaign in Europe to thwart the torrent of fake news and damaging personal attacks that course through the Internet by taking on the tech giants.”
The Register: Google lobbies hard to derail new US privacy laws – using dodgy stats. “As blowback against Facebook and its business model enters its third week, with netizens railing against the amount and type of personal data the social network has on them, calls for new privacy laws have started growing. And in response so has a secret lobbying effort, spearheaded by Google, to head those calls off at the pass.”
Malta Independent: IT Law Association extremely concerned over court judgements being deleted from online database. “The Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) has said that it is ‘extremely concerned’ about recent reports that private individuals have successfully requested that court cases decided against them be deleted from online court databases, ‘without having in place clear rules as to how the right to be forgotten is being exercised with respect to public registers.'”
Lovin Malta: It’s Official: You Can Now Get Your Online Court Judgments Deleted [Malta]. “Pandora’s Box risks getting opened now that Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has confirmed people are allowed to request the deletion of their court records from the online database. This tool only became public today after it was successfully applied by a newly minted lawyer to delete a 2010 criminal sentence that conditionally discharged her for stealing a credit card. However, Bonnici said the tool has actually been in place since he was appointed minister 2014 and has been successfully applied around 12 times.” Just to be clear: this is MALTA, not the US.