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European Court Lets Users Erase Records on Web (NYT)
Europe’s highest court said on Tuesday that people had the right to influence what the world could learn about them through online searches, a ruling that rejected long-established notions about the free flow of information on the Internet. Poynter / MediaWire If results display pages that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed,” the search engine operator must remove them, the court ruled, even if the “publication in itself on those pages is lawful.” BBC News The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results infringed his privacy. Google says it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the Internet. It has previously said forcing it to remove data amounts to censorship. WSJ Some lawyers argue that the ruling will probably only be applied for searches done and displayed in Europe, and only for European data subjects, for instance, EU citizens or European residents. The court specifically said, however, that companies can’t get out of compliance simply by saying their servers are outside of Europe. The technology industry has rallied around freedom of speech, long a tenet of Western democracy but enshrined specifically in the U.S. Constitution as its First Amendment. Privacy-rights activists and many European officials have supported a competing notion: the “right to be forgotten.” Reuters The ruling creates technical challenges as well as potential extra costs for companies like Google, the world’s No. 1 search engine, and Facebook. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the rights of people whose privacy has been infringed outweighed the general public interest. Google said it was disappointed with the ruling, which contradicted a non-binding opinion from the ECJ’s court adviser last year that said deleting sensitive information from search results would interfere with freedom of expression.

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Digg Lays Off Over a 3rd of Staff

The CEO of San Francisco-based Digg, Inc. announced yesterday that it will lay off 25 employees, 37% of the site’s total staff. This followed chief revenue officer Chas Edward’s announcement that he was quitting to take a job at another company.

Things have been looking grim for Digg in recent months. The company had a major round of layoffs over the summer. The website’s redesign, unveiled in August, has been poorly received. And competitor Reddit keeps nipping at their heels. If the remaining employees weren’t feeling demoralized before, this should do it.

The layoffs are part of a strategy to make the company profitable by mid 2011. Memo from CEO Matt Williams after the jump.
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User-Generated Content: How Much Does it Cost If It’s Free?

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User-created content is all the rage!

Heinz, as in ketchup and Mrs. Kerry, is looking for amateur ad types, but it’s expensive to wade through crap. And they should know.

ABC offers I-Caught, a magazine show using video captured by the unwashed and massaged into stories by those trained professionals at ABC News. David Sloan is the EP.

CNN already has I-Report up and running.

Topix gets some daily 40,000 posts since adding discussion groups and comments and local “editors”. The Los Angeles news is still 3 days old, alas.

And then there’s the downside: one nasty worm in a MySpace page can infect a million users.

Digg started taking down posts that broke the DMR encryption code for HD-DVD movies. Those users generated revolt; Digg backed off.

(Illustration from Wild Women Jewels.)

Business Week Takes Up Our Position. But Much More Eloquently

imbrodigg.jpgWe said yesterday that the Digg imbroglio is an ugly example of how mob mentality could undermine the Web. Business Week agrees.

We suddenly feel smart.