In a landmark case, the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled in an advisory judgment that Google must remove certain information from search results upon request by EU citizens. The court found that people have a right to request that information be “forgotten” from Google’s search feature when it no longer shows accurate information about them. As stated in the release:
An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties. Thus, if, following a search made on the basis of a person’s name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject may approach the operator directly and, where the operator does not grant his request, bring the matter before the competent authorities in order to obtain, under certain conditions, the removal of that link from the list of results.
The judgment comes as a victory to privacy advocates, who argue that big data shouldn’t mean inaccessible data for those whose lives it affects in meaningful ways. Often Googling a person can reveal information about them that is outdated or irrelevant, but still possibly damaging, after all.
Google has argued, and continues to argue that the best way to avoid content showing up in their searches is to not put it online in the first place. After all, Google’s purpose is to aggregate and organize information, so if it isn’t online, people can’t search for it. The courts have ruled that Google and other search engines must listen and at least sometimes comply with an affected person’s request for link removal, though the issue remains that the information still is online. Remember, the Internet is forever.
As Google does not currently have a standard system for fielding requests or removing data that people want taken down, this will likely cause a few headaches as the issue is addressed. Unlike past cases involving people asking Google to remove their electronic footprint, this court’s decision cannot be appealed by Google, so they will be forced to comply with the ruling. Whether this decision will lead to global changes in Google’s privacy policies remains to be seen.
The court’s full findings can be found on their website.
In a drastic shift in positions from last August’s statement that there were “absolutely no plans” to release the Xbox One without its Kinect camera, Microsoft announced this week that it would be doing just that. Slated for release in August, the Kinect-less Xbox One will sport a $399.99 price tag (which is $100 lower than its current going rate), with Kinect as an optional peripheral coming later this Fall (no pricing available on that yet).
The change comes after months of Sony’s $399 Playstation 4 dominating the next-gen console market, leading Microsoft to attempt to lower the price of theirs to compete better. However, many game developers are disappointed with the news that the Kinect will no longer come standard in the Xbox One. The change means there is no longer a uniform platform for them to develop games and content for. A $60 game that requires the Kinect’s motion capture capabilities suddenly could become a $160 game if the buyer doesn’t have a Kinect in their console already, and that will likely hurt not only game sales, but innovation in games that might possibly have used the Kinect as a feature.
Prospective buyers should note that the Kinect is also what allows the Xbox One to communicate with their cable box via its IR blaster, so purchasing an Xbox without the camera means they will not be able to use it as effectively in its intended role as the center of one’s living room entertainment. As well, gesture and voice commands run through the Kinect, so those will not be usable in the $399 version of the device.
The Xbox One un-bundled with Kinect will be released June 9th.
The D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router is a good piece of wireless routing machinery, featuring next-gen AC750 technology, allowing for increased speed, range, and reliability for your home network. Even better, they look good while connecting you to the web.
These new routers come in one of four colors: teal, black, white, or red. The sleek, cylindrical devices feature 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can provide a speedy wired connection that’s good for online gamers, and a USB port to use the router as a cloud storage solution. They offer dual-band performance, meaning that more intensive operations are fast-laned in the network, and are also backwards-compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices. Finally, D-Link’s mydlink Cloud Services app lets you monitor your network remotely using your smartphone or tablet, alerting you to any unauthorized access to the network.
The AC750 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-818LW) costs $79.99, and is available now. More information, as well as purchasing options, can be found on D-Link’s website.