[Advocacy Advisors] Google Brussels and the "right to be forgotten"

aktron at centrum.cz aktron at centrum.cz
Fri Jun 6 18:24:15 UTC 2014

Thanks for the analysis!
I feel it funny when the people are "collectively responsible". It usually ends in throwing the blame like a hot potato between all the guys :-D 
Was there any talk about ... "how this decision might change the very essence of web 2.0 projects?"
Would Julia Reda be interested in organizing such an event in september ? :-)
> Od: Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov <dimitar.parvanov.dimitrov at gmail.com>
> Komu: Advocacy Advisory Group for WMF LCA <Advocacy_Advisors at lists.wikimedia.org>
> Datum: 06.06.2014 12:48
> Předmět: [Advocacy Advisors] Google Brussels and the "right to be forgotten"
Hi all,

I just came back from my talk with the Google policy team in Brussels about the recent CJEU ruling [1] that had them provide a take-down request form. [1]Here's my initial notes:

They will not de-index sites, they will simply modify the results for searching a given name.According to their lawyer, the court didn't specify the technological method, it just told them to remove "URLs linked to a name". They were not asked to de-index.Modification of the results only apply to the EU Google domains. Searches from outside Europe remain unchanged. Currently their entire legal team is collectively responsible for making the decision on which requests to be granted. They see this as a "right to privacy" vs. "freedom of expression" balancing issue and are unhappy with the ruling, as, according to them, it gives more weight to the "right to privacy".Google doesn't want to play court and judge here. They'd like to figure out a way for someone else to make the decisions as to which requests should be granted (talking about Internet Governance)We agreed that the future General Data Protection Regulation in the EU will have a major impact on this and that the cour
 t ruling put "right to be fogotten" on the policy agenda in this field. Work on the Regulation is expected to resume around December/JanuaryAs we don't know what all the actors think of this (digital rights groups, industry, policy-makers) it would be important to map the different positions over the next few monthsWe agreed that it would be good to have public, broad round-table on the topic "right to be fogotten" in Spetember/October in Brussels (just an idea so far)I basically explained to them how the Wikimedia movement is constructed and the roles of the different organisations and communities. I also told them that we can't have a position on this as long as we don't have the results of an in-depth legal analysis, but for us it would also be good to know what all the stakeholders think about this issue. I also agreed that it is a "right to privacy" vs. "freedom of expression" balancing act here. I added that IMO there might be a higher risk of censorship if the removal
  decisions are left up to each company/organisation as it currenlty is. 
I am thinkingthat if the idea of having a round-touble on this in Brussels proves popular among other NGOs, companies and policy-makers we should most definitely join in. If it remians a Google-only organised event, we might need to be more careful. 
[1] http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=152065&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=621304[2] <http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=152065&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=621304[2]> [2]https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?rd=1 <https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?rd=1>


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