#362 May 19, 2014 – Google vs. European Privacy

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This week’s headline story: Google vs. European Privacy

Google-LegalIn a landmark decision, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the Internet search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing their personal information. The judgment potentially impacts all search engines in Europe, including Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing. The court said a search on a person’s name yields a results page that amounts to an individual profile. Under European privacy law, it said people should be able to ask to have links to private information in that ‘profile’ removed. Digital rights campaigners say the ruling by the top court in the 28-nation EU favors individual privacy rights over the freedom of information. There are questions as to how the law will be put into practice and whether it will prompt a change in the way search engines operate globally. So far, those who have used the new law to demand take-downs include a member of British Parliament seeking re-election, an individual convicted of possessing child pornography, and a doctor who received negative reviews online.

and elsewhere in Tech News.

  • Where the Internet of Things Could Take Society by 2025 [Center for Digital Education]

    The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025 [PEW]

    The PEW Research Center released a report concluding that the Internet of Things will have “widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025.” The report also warns that data from connected things will cause privacy concerns to come to the forefront and encourage the growth of profiling and targeting people, which will greatly inflame conflicts in various arenas and that a digital divide could deepen and disenfranchise people who don’t choose to connect to the network.

  • Privacy Group Sues British Spy Agency over Use of Malware [NewsFactor]

    The US isn’t the only government in hot water over cyberspying. Britain’s spy agency, GCHQ, is being targeted by Privacy International for what the group considers to be illegal spy techniques. The privacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against GCHQ after documents reportedly from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which both GCHQ and the NSA utilize malware to spy on civilians.

  • FCC Votes 3-2 for Draft Internet Regulations [NewsFactor]

    The Federal Communications Commission voted preliminary approval for Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Internet regulation that would allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to make special deals with content providers. The proposal, approved on a 3-2 vote, has drawn criticism from Net neutrality proponents who say the plan would effectively create fast and slow lanes on the Internet.

  • Autodesk Unveils Open Software Platform for 3D Printing [NewsFactor]

    Computer-aided design software giant Autodesk has announced that it will be releasing an open source 3D printing software platform and a 3D printer, In a post on the company blog, Autodesk President and CEO Carl Bass said that the platform, called Spark, “will make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed.”

and in Information Security news this week..

  • New Study Says 1 in 10 Have Had Phone Stolen [NewsFactor]

    Minnesota Enacts First Law on Cellphone Disabling [NewsFactor]

    A new report from security firm Lookout found that 10 percent of smartphone owners in the U.S. have been victims of phone theft, and nearly 70 percent could not recover their device. Minnesota enacted the nation’s first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have a remote shut-off feature as a way to deter theft.Many other states are expected to follow Minnesota’s lead.

  • Retailers Launch Cybercrime Info Sharing Center [NewsFactor]

    Some of the nation’s largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers’ personal and financial information from hackers and thieves. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several top retailers ranging from Gap Inc. to Walgreen Co., launched an intelligence sharing center focused on the prevention of cybercrimes against retailers.

  • U.S. Senate Warns of Dangers of Malicious Ads [NewsFactor]

    A senate subcommittee says hackers are infecting computers using software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements. It suggested tougher U.S. regulations or new laws that could punish the ad networks — such as Google, Yahoo and other leading tech companies — in addition to prosecuting the hackers.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Google Glass Now Selling to the U.S. Masses [NewsFactor]

    Now, anyone can become a Google Glass Explorer. Yes, Google Glass is now available to the general public, but membership has the hefty price tag of $1500. A number that has raised considerable protests after market research firm IHS revealed that the hardware and manufacturing costs total is only $152.47.

  • AT&T First To Deploy VoLTE Network for HD Voice [NewsFactor]

    Mobile phone conversations may start sounding better in the future. AT&T is rolling out a new HD Voice service that promises crisp call quality with reduced background noise so a caller feels like he’s right next to the person on the other line. The service, which requires significant amounts of bandwidth, will be introduced in select areas of the U.S., in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, starting May 23. The company said it will continue expanding on a market-by-market basis.

and finally…

  • Error at IBM Lab Finds New Family of Materials [NYTimes]

    “Serendipity is the mother of invention.” A mistake in an IBM lab has led to the discovery a new synthetic polymer, the first to be discovered in several decades. By accidentally leaving out an ingredient, an IBM researcher discovered a new family of materials that are unusually strong and light, exhibit “self-healing” properties and can be easily reformed to make products recyclable. The new material could have a significant impact on manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics.

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