The Switchboard: EU regulators want Google to extend ‘right to be forgotten’

July 25, 2014

Google has granted around half of an estimated 90,000 requests it's received under the "right to be forgotten" ruling, Reuters reported. GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images

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Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling
"Google's handling of "right to be forgotten" requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine company restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said,"reports Reuters' Julia Fioretti. "Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from its European search engines such as, which means that anyone can easily access the same information by switching to the widely used, said the source, who was present at the meeting."

Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address "A Wikipedia administrator has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of 'disruptive' edits being made by someone located in the House of Representatives" a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed to The Washington Post's Abby Phllip. "These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by the Twitter account @Congressedits which was set up to automatically tweet changes to Wikipedia pages made from within the Capitol."

Google's new moonshot project: the human body "Google Inc has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body," reports The Wall Street Journal's Alistair Barr. "Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people—and later thousands more—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be."

Court allows use of “stingray” cell tracking device in murder case "The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has upheld the warrantless use of cell phone tracking devices, better known as 'stingrays,' reports Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar. "In a narrow decision published on Thursday, the court found that while the Milwaukee police did not specifically have a warrant to use the stingray to locate a murder suspect, it did have a related judicial order that essentially served the same purpose."

comiXology announces new ‘DRM-free’ backup feature  The Washington Post's Michael Cavna reports comiXology, the cloud-based digital comic reader recently acquired by Amazon, announced a "new backup feature that lets customers download and store books without the obstacle of digital rights management." The service will allow customers to "to go to and get DRM-free backups in the 'My Books' section."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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