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Ruling Could Set Precedent

ONLINE PRIVACY—FRANCE

November 20, 2013

In light of a French court’s ruling that Google must remove images of a former Formula One racing mogul from its search algorithms, Wiley Rein’s David Weslow says if the decision is upheld on appeal, “there may be a precedent in France for forcing search engines or other types of Internet service providers to take affirmation actions to disable certain online content even where a ‘take down’ request has not been filed with that Internet service provider.” A recent poll about whether government should play an increasing role in protecting online privacy indicated 52 percent voted yes and 48 percent voted no, indicating “there is not overwhelming agreement” on what should be done, TechRepublic reports, adding tech companies and governments should be prepared to weigh in. Meanwhile, Google says it will voluntarily remove a Google Maps image related to a young boy’s murder.
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