Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Google decision - good for gangstas, but not in New Zealand


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY | 20 MAY 2014

Google decision - good for gangstas, but not in New Zealand

A decision by the European Court of Justice, which allows people to request that internet information is pulled if historic or no longer relevant, has been seized upon by European criminals to have Google remove links to their criminal records.

The judgment is interesting but is unlikely to bear on the legal position in New Zealand.

The case

Google Spain SL Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) Mario Costeja González was brought by a Spanish national who complained to Google Spain and Google Inc. about personal information dating back 16 years which was available through the Google search engine.

The Court found that Google had a responsibility to erase on request links and information incompatible with EU Directive 95/46/EC protecting an individual's right to privacy.

This finding changes the legal landscape in Europe, and in the week following last Tuesday's ruling Google received a number of requests to take down information.

Worth watching

New Zealand's Privacy Act does not currently recognise "data processors", as the EU directive does. But it is worth watching developments in Europe because changes in the law or in legal interpretation there may eventually influence thinking here.

In the meantime, the Harmful Digital Communications Bill is expected to create an agency to advocate for New Zealand individuals wishing to remove digital content hosted by search engine and social media providers in cyberbullying situations. The Bill is due to be reported back from the Justice and Electoral Committee on 3 June.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news