Spainish Law To Force Google To Index And Pay For Local News

Google Europe There's a basic feeling among traditional news publishers throughout Europe, and among some in the US, that Google has benefited enormously from their content but failed to offer anything in return. Furthermore, many publishers see Google as directly responsible for the decline of their traditional advertising and circulation revenues. The counter-argument that Google sends traffic to publishers is unpersuasive to local authorities and most of the publishers themselves. Across Europe various legislative and litigious efforts, in France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and now Spain have s [...]


Blogger Fined By French Court Because Negative Restaurant Review Was Too Prominent In Google

blog-featured A French court has ordered a blogger to pay a substantial fine and change the title of a restaurant review because the review was too prominent in search results and harmed business at the restaurant. The post has since been removed but can be viewed here (via TechDirt). The restaurant, Il Giardino, complained to the court that the critical review had hurt its business. The blogger, Caroline Doudet, had something of a following (3,000) for her blog called "Cultur'elle." This is what enabled the review to rank. According to the BBC, citing court documents, "the review appeared fourth in the [...]


Right To Be Forgotten: Do Users Even Care?

Right To Be Forgotten In the last few weeks, two monumental events related to Internet privacy caused the biggest uproar in discussions about personal privacy since Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must respect the "right to be forgotten" and at the request of private individuals remove "irrelevant" and "outdated" information. To comply with the ECJ's ruling, Google set up a form online for individuals to have their information removed from the web, and they have been deluged with requests. Last month, during its Worldwide Developer Conference [...]


Google Solicits Feedback On Right To Be Forgotten

google-advisory-council Google, which has explained that implementing the EU's new Right To Be Forgotten mandate has been difficult, has opened up a new form allowing the general public to offer it advice. Google's new form invites Google users to submit their thoughts and feedback on the Court of Justice of the European Union mandate for the Right To Be Forgotten. The question posed by Google is: How should one person’s right to be forgotten be balanced with the public’s right to know? Google then explains in more detail: A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union found that European [...]


Looks Like Google Hates “Jersey Boys” Just As Much As The Film “America”

movies-ticket-popcorn-600 Filmmakers behind "America: Imagine the World Without Her" have accused Google of keeping their movie's showtimes and locations from appearing in search results. As it turns out, "America" isn't the only film not getting fair play from the search engine. Based on our research, if there is a conspiracy theory at work -- it's not exclusive to D'Souza's "America." Google doesn't appear to be a fan of The Four Seasons or evil, either. That's because after searching the top ten box office movie titles from last weekend, neither "Jersey Boys" nor "Deliver Us from Evil" returned movie showtim [...]


Yelp Joins Effort To Undo Current Google-EU Antitrust Settlement

yelp-600 Yelp has been an increasingly vocal critic of Google for several years. Now it has joined a group of companies opposing the European Commission's current antitrust settlement proposal with Google. Originally Google and Yelp were partners. Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for a rumored $500 million a year or so before the company went public. Later Yelp complained that Google was including Yelp reviews in its own local product without permission. According to Yelp, Google said it couldn't remove those reviews without removing Yelp from the index entirely. The dispute was ultimately res [...]


“America” Movie Filmmaker Sends Legal Demand For Google To Fix Showtime Results

Google TV Logo The Hollywood Reporter writes that Dinesh D’Souza's movie, "America" is not coming up properly in the Google search results and as a result, they are getting complaints that the movie is not available in local theaters near movie-goers. Dinesh D’Souza's lawyers sent a letter to Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond demanding Google fix the issue. If you search for [america movie] in Google, you won't get the showtimes box you'd get for searching for other popular movie names. Here is what you see in Google: Note, you see the carousel of movies, but none show the new [...]


Supreme Court Rules Street View “Wiretapping” Class Action Can Proceed Against Google

google-street-view-fleet-1343994208 According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Supreme Court will not review a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision allowing a class-action lawsuit that argues Google violated the federal “Wiretap Act” when it intercepted private email and other personal data. The appellate court decision thus stands and Google must confront the lawsuit. The case followed 2010 revelations that Street View cars had captured private “payload data." The plaintiff class argues that Google violated federal wiretapping laws when it intercepted their email and other communications during Street Vie [...]


Larry Page On Right To Be Forgotten: “Could Have Arrived At More Practical Place Than Court Ruling”

EU Google Larry Page offered his thoughts on the European court's "Right To Be Forgotten" ruling during an interview at Google's I/O conference this week with New York Times reporter Farhad Manjoo. Page claimed it would have been better if there had been more discussion around the matter. "We could have arrived at a more practical place than a court ruling," said Page. He went on to add that Google is complying with the ruling, and will begin removing links quickly, even though he pointed out that he didn't believe the court's decision was practical. "If you're an aggrieved user, you have to ge [...]


Google Begins Removing Search Results Over “Right To Be Forgotten” Demands

eu-forgotten-forget-600 Google has begun processing and removing the approved submissions done through the right to the Right To Be Forgotten Form. The Right To Be Forgotten is a European Court Of Justice ruling from May 2014 that EU citizens could request that search engines remove links to pages deemed private, even if the pages themselves remain on the internet. Those requests are now being removed from the search results. Here is a screen shot of the disclaimer for the search results for [max mosley] in Google UK: It reads: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. [...]


The Inevitable Happened: First Company Provides “Right To Be Forgotten” Removal Service

EU Google Now that the European Courts have given its citizens the "Right To Be Forgotten" in major search engines, the inevitable has happened -- a brand new business model built on removal requests has taken shape. In response to the EU giving individuals the right to request Google remove URLs from its European search results, Reputation VIP has launched Forget.me, an online service that appears to be the first designed specifically to help individuals complete Google link removal request forms. Acting as a middleman between an individual and Google, Forget.me is the frontrunner in what will mo [...]


Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Sites Worldwide

google-legal-law-featured On the heels of Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling, a British Columbia court in Canada has ruled Google must block a group of websites worldwide. The case was opened by industrial networking devices manufacturer Equustek Solutions, Inc. to block a network of websites it claims are owned by former associates who stole trade secrets to illegally manufacture and sell competing products. According to a report from the The Globe and Mail, a temporary injunction against Google was issued last Friday in spite of Google's protests that Canadian courts had no jurisdiction over the Mountain [...]


Right To Be Forgotten Won’t Happen On Google.com

eu-forgotten-forget-600 Many searchers and Google users are asking, will the Right To Be Forgotten form be a feature and option coming to the U.S. on Google.com. The answer is no! A few weeks ago, Google told us the removals will only be available in the European Union, that is until the U.S. government and court finds a way to legally require the same procedure in the U.S., which is unlikely. Google told us that the removals won’t pull a URL out of Google worldwide, that it only will impact the EU based results. So if you get content removed via the form, if you search in the EU, that content will not be [...]


How A PPC Fraud Ring Impersonated 300+ Advertisers In May 2014

ppc-featured Did you know that your paid search ads are susceptible to the same type of fraud that affects other forms of digital advertising? And we're not just talking about click fraud here.  The fraudulent tactic affecting PPC the most dramatically these days is a fairly insidious one that can be hard to detect. It's called PPC ad impersonation and occurs when an impostor advertiser takes a known URL, like JossAndMain.com, and uses it as the Display URL of their own advertisement. When you first hear about PPC fraud rings, you tend to think of click fraud where an automated system, not a real pe [...]


Yes, Google Will Disclose “Right To Be Forgotten” Removals

eu-forgotten-forget-600 The Guardian reports that Google may add a indication in the search results that content has been removed due to the Right To Be Forgotten European Union requirements issued last month. Google told us a couple weeks ago that they will indeed add disclosure in the search results when something is removed from their search results because it was requested via the "Right To Be Forgotten" form. Google currently shows disclosure of removals for DMCA removals. Currently, when Google censors its listings, it shows a little notice at the bottom of its results. You can see that disclosure in th [...]


Right To Be Forgotten “Small Thing” Vs. Copyright Takedowns Says EU Commissioner

eu-forgotten-forget-600 European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding was quoted in a BBC interview saying that the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) will be relatively easy for Google to administer. She asserted that, compared to the millions of copyright removal requests Google deals with, the thousands of RTBF requests are a "small thing." Google also manages government removal requests on a global basis. These scenarios seem to indicate that Google will be able to manage a RTBF process. The challenge isn't in the mechanics of administration. The central challenge concerns the standards and rules about wh [...]


EU Regulators Meet Amid “Right To Be Forgotten” Confusion

EU Google The caution "be careful what you wish for" might be appropriate going into a meeting of 28 European privacy regulators in Brussels this week. Following the European Court of Justice's creation of the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) and Google's launch of a web form to field requests (now over 41,000), privacy officers must come up with a Europe-wide system for implementation of the new rule. The challenge facing the regulators is daunting: Balancing privacy rights with the public interest Creation of uniform standards across the 28 member jurisdictions so that outcomes don't vary wild [...]


Right To Be Forgotten Requests Keep Coming, Now 41,000

EU Google As of the end of last week there were roughly 12,000 requests that had been officially submitted to Google under Europe's judicially created "right to be forgotten" (RTBF) rule. Google launched an online form last week to field the requests. According to the Wall Street Journal the 12,000 have now turned into 41,000. That's roughly 10,000 a day since the form went live. While the volume and pace are decreasing somewhat from last week, the numbers coming in remain brisk. Google could be faced in a few weeks with several hundred thousand requests from 28 countries, creating a major hea [...]


Google Comparison Ads Under Fire In UK

google-uk-england-featured The UK financial services industry regulator Financial Conduct Authority is taking a closer look at Google Comparison Ads. UK price comparison sites have complained that Google is unfairly competing with them by placing its own "product" at the top of search results. Comparison Ads, which operate on a CPA basis, are one form of AdWords. Below is an example of how the ads look in US search results: The UK inquiry essentially mirrors broader antitrust ('vertical search") complaints against Google around the globe. Google's pending antitrust settlement in Europe is under fire from poli [...]


Despite Google’s Efforts, Counterfeiters Are Commonplace On AdWords

shutterstock_132430334-prom-dress-fraud Should a company that includes the phrase "don't be evil" in their code of conduct be expected to block counterfeiters from buying ads on their search engine result pages? Is it "evil" to sell AdWords to websites that are filled with copyright infringing photos? These questions are unfortunately relevant -- for certain product categories, Google's search engine results pages (SERPs) are filled with links to counterfeiters utilizing copyright-infringing photos. Take the product category of [Dresses > Formal Gowns]. A significant percentage of sponsored ads on the SERPs promote the s [...]


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