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EU internet users now under threat as vote for two-tier web “compromise” passes

  • 30/06/2015 at 23:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Net NeutralityThe European Union has announced plans for a two-tier internet that would give a fast lane to preferred corporate and governments users, after a late night “compromise” between European Commission, Council and Parliament.

It is a shocking case of double speak and shady dealings. In an announcement by reps for the EU, they spun it to sound as though they are protecting and enforcing net neutrality. Using terms like “open internet”, they say they have banned paid priority from companies and government agencies.

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The European Commission investigates Google over antitrust laws

GoogleGoogle’s Android mobile OS comes with a wide range of phones across Europe, and it now has the European Commission investigating it on claims of unfair app bundling. There are apps that commonly come with Android OS phones, such as YouTube, Maps and Chrome, and this could find Google in breach of antitrust laws. The claim is their pre-install apps give the company an unfair advantage with consumer products.

The European Commission has previously looked into Google’s privacy policies. It has questioned whether Google’s market share of the mobile industry hampers development and research into apps and mobile development.

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Google get cheeky in “Right To Be Forgotten” law response

  • 04/07/2014 at 23:18 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google SearchThe Right To Be Forgotten law enacted by the European Union was not happily received by Google. However, the company is complying…a lot.

When your site is removed from Google, it pretty much banishes you into obscurity. Any content not indexed by the site, unless otherwise placed on an onion directory (such as with the Tor network) is unlikely to get any real attention.

So when UK media outlets such as the BBC and Guardian started receiving notices that their stories were being removed, it caused an uproar. The stories were a mixed bag, with several (such as the investigation of a Merrill Lynch chairman) being highly relevant right now to the public interest, and others (French protesters and their post-it note decorations) confusingly included for no apparent reason.

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Google creates form after “Right To Be Forgotten” ruling

  • 30/05/2014 at 22:52 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleFollowing a ruling by a judge in the European Court of Justice, Google has implemented a form that protects people’s “right to be forgotten”. But the tech company isn’t very happy about it, and they aren’t bothering to hide that fact.

Originally, the ruling was based around a complaint by a Spanish man who says he found a newspaper article about his home being seized from more than a decade ago. It brought up the question of how long such information should be available, and how much control people should have over such details.

The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, and Google was ordered to create a request procedure that would remove certain search results from their engine. This does not remove the internet page in question, which Google has flatly refused to accommodate. Perhaps rightly, they worry that certain stories and information could be removed simply because the person in question doesn’t like the way it makes them look.

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EU Court of Justice rules: people have the “right to be forgotten” online

  • 13/05/2014 at 20:32 by It's a Gadget Staff
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JudgeIn a case that could far reaching impact for companies like Google and social networks, the European Union Court of Justice has ruled in favor of people’s “right to be forgotten”.

The original complaint came from a Spanish man who says he found a newspaper article from all the way back in 1998 when searching Google for his name. The result spoke about the repossession of his house, a fact far from relevant all the way in 2014.

Other complaints, more than 200 of them, speak of other privacy violations, and the desire of the public in Spain to have their personal data removed. Google initially ignored these requests.

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European Parliament passes landmark ‘Net Neutrality’ law

  • 03/04/2014 at 18:20 by It's a Gadget Staff
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European ParliamentIn a landmark decision on the issue of fairness on the web, the European Parliament has ruled in favor Net Neutrality. All EU countries will be protected under this law, making it illegal for ISP’s to favor certain services over others.

When the issue of internet support and control came up in parliament last time, some shady moves were made. The committee in charge left glaringly obvious loopholes in the wording of their proposal that would allow ISP’s to begin classifying certain services as “specialized”. Once this was done, they could begin charging certain sites and services unfairly.

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