Weekly Digital News Roundup May 15-19
After European Court Decision, Google Works on a Tool to Remove Links
- According to The New York Times, Google will announce by the end of the month a mechanism for consumers to request that links to information about them be removed from the company’s search engine.
- The decision by Europe’s top court to allow individuals to demand that Google take down links in certain instances has been seen as a landmark case in the Continent’s push toward increased data privacy. The court’s ruling centered on the so-called right to be forgotten, which would allow people to ask Google to remove links to certain online information about themselves. Unlike the United States, Europe places almost equal emphasis on the right to privacy and the right of freedom of expression.
- European data protection authorities say that since the ruling on Tuesday, the number of complaints from people seeking ways to take down online links to their past activities has increased.
FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet
- According to the Washington Post, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of advancing a proposal that could dramatically reshape the way consumers experience the Internet, opening the possibility of Internet service providers charging Web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers.
- The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for faster video streaming. The proposal would, though, prohibit telecom firms from outright blocking Web sites.
- Critics of the plan, as it stands now, worry that it would mark the end of net neutrality, the principle that says that all content online should be treated equally by Internet service providers.
You Can Now Text 9-1-1 in Case of Emergency
- According to Mashable, starting on Thursday, people in select locations across the country can text 9-1-1 with emergencies if they are unable to call them in.
- The Federal Communications Commission is rolling out the service to make it easier to contact 9-1-1 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability or are in a situation in which making a call could be dangerous.
- The FCC’s website states that making a phone call is still the best option when possible, because it allows the person calling in to relay information more quickly. First responders can also triangulate the caller’s location with a phone call, something that can’t be done via text.