Tomorrow, Google will open its doors to 6,000 developers, pundits, and press for its annual I/O developer conference. It’s the same place where three years ago it launched its now infamous Google Glass—but don’t count on seeing any digital eyewear from Google this year.
Tomorrow, Google will open up a new avenue for patent owners to wave off patent trolls. But does the move spring from love or greed?
Google has been one of the most vocal critics of so-called patent trolls, more formally referred to non-practicing entities (NPEs) or patent assertion entities (PAEs), as well as a proponent of measures designed to improve software patent quality.
Article 29 Working Party Publishes Full Guidance On CJEU Right to Be Forgotten Ruling Against Google
Late last week, the Article 29 Working Party released a short press statement announcing that it had agreed guidance for the implementation of the May 2014 CJEU ruling against Google on the “right to be forgotten.”
Many electronic mail service providers object to subpoenas for their users electronic messages, taking the position that a user’s messages are not discoverable in litigation under the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).
A demand letter reminded Google of its corporate motto “Don’t be evil,” alleged that Google is making “millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” and that “it is time that Google owns up to its conduct and remedies this gross violation of law, ethics, moral and basic privacy rights.”
A recent administrative order was issued for Google to “to take the necessary technical and organisational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling.”
Unsuspecting children downloaded apps from the Google Play store with “unlimited in-app charges without Google requiring entry of a password or other account holder involvement to obtain the account holder’s consent before the charges were incurred” according to FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Chair Edith Ramirez.
On September 4, 2014, the FTC announced a settlement with Google Inc., which requires the search giant to pay at least $19 million in refunds to consumers that the Commission alleges were billed for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by kids.
I am not a big fan of the EU’s “right to be forgotten,” but it has one silver lining. I was noodling around with Google’s ever-more-baroque implementation of the principle this weekend, and I discovered that it offers a quick and cheap way to discover just how famous Google thinks you are.