Friday, 30 May 2014

Google continued

Google remains at the centre of attention in the current debate on the responsibility of providers of search engine services to sufficiently and adequately protect consumers' personal data. Following the recent ground-breaking CJEU decision in Google Spain (on which we reported earlier this month), the company has now provided users with an online form to request links to specific pages to be removed from search results. Not unproblematically, as is underlined in the introduction to the form, it is up to Google to 'balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public's right to know and distribute information'. It indicates that it will seek the help of data protection authorities and others to refine its approach in the coming months.

European consumer organisation BEUC, in the meantime, poses serious questions concerning Google's dominant position in the European market. In a recent position paper, BEUC voices concerns regarding Google's alleged power to manipulate search results and, thus, distort competition. See also: BEUC - Google internet search case and BEUC - Fair Internet search, remedies in Google case.

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