Right to be Forgotten
It might be that we all have some not-so-proud moments on the internet. It could be a simple photo published by a friend that now can be easily be found by anyone who searches our name online, like a future employer.
The UK’s High Court fought Google over the right to be forgotten on Google. The case started when a man wanted to remove search results about a past crime he committed. It’s hard to talk about what’s a matter of transparency and what is jeopardizing our privacy. If we want to know something about someone maybe we should only ask. It’s our choice to make about what we are going to share and with whom we are going to share it.
Whatever the case might be, the UK judge Mr. Justice Mark Warby ruled in the man’s favor. However, the judge rejected a separate claim in a case where a man committed a more of serious crime.
Google accepted the rulings from the UK Court, releasing a statement: “We work hard to comply with the right to be forgotten, but we take great care not to remove search results that are in the public interest.”
In Europe, the right to be forgotten is a legal precedent set in 2014 by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The legal procedure started when a man from Spain asked Google to remove information about his personal, financial history from their search engine.
In the United States, we don’t talk much about the right to be forgotten. Maybe we should.
Are Smart Home Appliances Spying on us?
There are so many advantages of smart technology. It makes our lives so much easier. However, there are many regulations that need to be placed on the new technology. The recent news about Facebook and longtime forgotten allegations about Google, make us think about the apps we use and take for granted not thinking about what these companies get in return.
Recently, technology journalist Kashmir Hill knowingly let innocent household items spy on her. She basically turned her one-bedroom apartment into what we call a “smart home.” She measured how much data was collected by the companies which made those devices.
Kashmir Hill gave a TED talk and she said that the experience was like living in a “commercial, surveillance state” with “not a single hour of digital silence.” What she found was that she was giving so much information to the companies behind the appliances produced.
Ms. Hill said: “The Amazon Echo talked to Amazon servers every three minutes and the TV was sending information about every show we watched on Hulu, which was in turn shared with data brokers.”
Let’s keep in mind that not all information could be collected and analyzed by Kashmir Hill. The question to ask is how is this data being used. There is a great lack of transparency about how this collected data is being used for profit.
ISIS Uses Sign Language to Recruit
Recently, it was discovered that there was an online method that the Jihadist group, ISIS, used to recruit members. However, Google developed tools to prevent extremists from using online methods to recruit.
Yasmin Green revealed that those searching for Jihadist material on Google are presented with adverts and online videos offering them alternative views. This has reached more than 300,000 potential recruits. Furthermore, when searching Jihadism, Google returns anti-extremism links and messages of peace are being presented as an alternative.
Ms. Green said that ISIS uses sophisticated ways to recruit people online, including offering videos in different languages, including sign language, “They had a video in sign language. They took the time to make sure their message reached the hard-of-hearing,” she said.
As Ms. Green said we should work on developing “empathetic technology” to fight online abuse which could work in a similar way as the recent fight against Jihadists.