privacy

Facebook goes button crazy: Relationship “Ask” and “I’m a Voter”

Facebook goes button crazy: Relationship “Ask” and “I’m a Voter”

Facebook is going button crazy, adding a new - and slightly creepy - "Ask" button to check up on someone's relationship status, and reportedly intending to roll out an "I'm a Voter" button to encourage election engagement. The "Ask" button for current relationship is an extension of the similar options for things like employment and contact details, but Facebook has now made it easier to to find out whether someone is dating.

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Google “right to be forgotten” tool reportedly in works

Google “right to be forgotten” tool reportedly in works

Google is reportedly cooking up an automated tool that will allow users to submit "right to be forgotten" requests, expecting a flood of demands to be pared from the search engine's index after a recent EU ruling. The decision by the European Union last week that users had a right to have links to inaccurate information cut from search listings was met with scorn from Google chairman Eric Schmidt, but that hasn't stopped the company's coders from apparently swinging into action to semi-automate the process.

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Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has lashed out at the European Union ruling that individuals have the right to remove themselves from search results, arguing EU "was wrong" in its decision, which has already seen politicians and pedophiles request to be deleted from the search giant's index. "You have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know," Schmidt said during Google's annual stockholder meeting, when asked whether he felt the decision would have an impact on the company's bottom line.

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EU says Google must remove data from search if asked

EU says Google must remove data from search if asked

Google has lost nother important legal battle today, as a European Judge found the search giant is responsible for what information is discovered via search. The judgement would hold Google accountable for removing information from their search engine should a user ask them to. It’s a form of digital privacy we’re not accustomed to, and could have widespread implications for how search is used and/or abused.

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