24/11/2017

A right to be forgotten solicitor

How do I make a successful right to be forgotten application

Google has now confirmed that 61% of the right to be forgotten applications made on behalf of those who live in the UK are being rejected. 

It means three out of five right to be forgotten are being turned down for whatever reason. 

There are, however, numerous common denominators for the majority of the right to be forgotten rejected applications. 

Right to be forgotten
Right to be forgotten


These include Citing ‘defamation' as a cause, citing 'historical information' or citing 'unlawful use of an image, all without backing these causes up with strong data protection reasons. 

The most
important law to mention in the application is the UK Data Protection
Act 1998, which is derived from European law. Under section 1 the
processing of the data must be “necessary”, it must be “relevant” and
“proportionate” and it must “not be excessive”. If the webpage about you
contains information which is untrue or defamatory, then you may state
in your application that the data is “irrelevant” to you under the Data
Protection Act because it is false and therefore is wrongly attributed
to you. 




Visit the Internet Law Centre to read the full article and to learn how to make a successful
application under 
a right to be forgotten

Right to be Forgotten

A Google Search result to an article about a previous criminal conviction might just as readily be removed based on one person’s application or it might be rejected based on someone else’s application. The consequences of an uncessefful right to be forgotten application go Google are huge.

Upon close examination of a score of rejected right to be forgotten applications we have identified 3 common errors that are likely to contribute to a failed application.  
Right to be Forgotten
These are as follows:
1. Citing ‘defamation’ as a sole reason for removal: most rejected applicants cited defamation as the main or sole reason why their right to be forgotten application should be successful. The truth is that...Read more about making a sucessful application under a  Right to be forgotten

02/07/2017

Yair Cohen BBC interview on new investigatory powers in the UK





Last year Security Services in the United States told Yahoo
it had to create and install a backdoor system to its email operations system
so that it will be made easier for the state to spy on users’ data when spying becomes
a necessity. Both the US government and Yahoo were criticised at the time but a
year on and the UK government is about to pass a law which will require all telecommunication
to build into any service they develop a backdoor entry for the government. This
sounds bad but it might after all not be such a bad idea because at least when data
spying is being governed by law, this allows to create checks and balances on a
far more transparent basis than currently exists.  

30/06/2017

Remove search results from Google worldwide

So where do Europeans stand in relation to the removal of Google search results worldwide? July 2017 update.

From the day Google was told to remove search results worldwide, Europeans residents are eagerly awaiting the French High Court’s decision on an appeal by Google.

 
remove search results from Google worldwide.
remove search results from Google worldwide.

Google’s position is that it will not delist search results from all its search engine extensions. You can read here Google’s reasons for refusing to remove search results from Google worldwide.
The French data regulator’s position is that Google has come a long way in complying with European data requirements but only a measure that applies to all processing by the search engine, with no distinction between the extensions used and the geographical location of the internet user making a search, is legally adequate to meet the requirement under the Right to be Forgotten.

You can read the full article here
Removing search results from Google worldwide


 

19/06/2017

11/01/2017

Pressure by Credit Card Companies Helps Reduce Sex Crime Against Minors

The largest commercial sex services advertising platform which, among other things was accused of advertising sex trafficking of minors, was forced to shuts down its Adult Ads pages under pressure from credit card companies.


The website, that was described by a US 2016 Senate report as the "largest commercial sex services advertising platform in the United States" with officials publicly acknowledging that criminals use the website for sex trafficking, including trafficking of minors, was finally forced to suspended its adult ad pages, citing government pressure about the content being shared there.


Backpage.com, which in 2013, reportedly netted more than 80 percent of all revenue from online commercial sex advertising in the United States, announced it would shut down adult ads in the U.S, citing “Government Pressure” but it insisted it would keep its sex ad pages live for users outside the US.
Backpage.com SEO
The February 2016 US Senate report stated that sex traffickers have made extensive use of websites that serve as marketplaces for ordinary commercial sex and escort services. These sites may facilitate the sex trade by providing an easily accessible forum that matches buyers of sex with anonymous traffickers. The Senate report singled out Backpage.com after the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has reported that of the suspected child trafficking reports it receives from the public, 71 percent involved Backpage.com.

In October, the CEO of Backpage.com, Carl Ferrer, was arrested in Houston and charged with pimping a minor, pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping but Internet Law Expert can today report that the charges against Carl Ferrer were subsequently dropped.  In the US, website operators enjoy a constitutional protection in relation to publications by third parties on the websites they operate.

In the book The Net is Closing; birth of the e-police, social media solicitor and internet safety campaigner Yair Cohen accused financial institutions of facilitating and benefiting from online criminal activities, often at the expense of the vulnerable and particularly young children.

The Net is Closing; birth of the police
According a report in the HuffingtonPost the major credit card companies, including American Express, Visa and MasterCard, will no longer let their cards be used to purchase adult ads on Backpage.com.

The question now remains whether PayPal will follow suit by restricting access to its services on Backpage.com or whether it will decide to exploit this opportunity to profiteer.