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Google convenes first 'right-to-be-forgotten' meeting

Loek Essers | Sept. 10, 2014
Google has received more than 100,000 "right-to-be-forgotten" requests from people who want information about them removed from the search engine, it said Tuesday at a meeting in Madrid.

Google is trying to set the terms of the debate and wants to be seen as open and virtuous, she has reportedly said, in comments that an organization spokeswoman confirmed. However, Google hand-picked the members of the advisory council, and will control who is in the audience and what comes out of the meetings, Falque-Pierrotin has said in various published reports.

Meanwhile, the A29WP is preparing guidelines to ensure a consistent implementation of the take-down ruling on the part of search-engine providers, as well as consistent handling of complaints lodged with authorities by people whose requests are denied. Data protection authorities plan to issue the guidelines this fall.

Google's right-to-be-forgotten tour will visit Rome Wednesday, followed by Paris, Warsaw, Berlin, London and Brussels.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

 

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