Google Seeks Feedback on EU Right to Be Forgotten

Google Inc. will tour Paris, Madrid and five other European cities as part of the company’s response to a court ruling that created a right to be forgotten on the Internet.

Advisers to Google, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and former German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, will discuss privacy rights with experts and members of the public in Madrid on Sept. 9, Google said in a blog posted yesterday. Google’s dispute with Spain’s privacy regulator led to a European Union court ruling in May that ordered it to remove personal information on request from search results.

Google’s top lawyer said last month that company disagrees with the ruling, which set “very vague and subjective tests” on what information was in the public interest and shouldn’t be removed and didn’t allow a clear exemption for news articles. The company has also been seeking online comments on the ruling.

Privacy regulators have criticized Mountain View, California-based Google’s steps to tell web publishers when it is removing links to their sites. Regulators are drafting guidelines on how they should handle any disputes by people who were unhappy at how Google handles their initial request for links to be removed.

The Madrid meeting will be followed by an event in Rome on Sept. 10, one in Paris on Sept. 25, Warsaw on Sept. 30, Berlin on Oct. 14, London Oct. 16 and Brussels on Nov. 4. Anyone interested in attending can sign up online around two weeks before the event, Google said. It opened registration for the Madrid and Rome events yesterday.

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