World from Berlin: A 'Clear Defeat' for Google

World from Berlin: A 'Clear Defeat' for Google

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2013

A German high court has ruled that Google must remove automatically suggested search terms if they violate a person's privacy. Editorialists at the country's national newspapers see a defeat for the Internet giant and a victory for privacy law. more...

'Autocomplete' Privacy Violations: Court Orders Google To Delete Results

'Autocomplete' Privacy Violations: Court Orders Google To Delete Results

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2013

A German court ruled Tuesday that Google's "Autocomplete" feature on search terms violates privacy laws in some cases. The company has been ordered to remove any suggestions that violate the rules. An entrepreneur sued after the algorithm linked him with Scientology. more...

Total Recall: Mini-Camera Records All (and Perhaps Too Much)

Total Recall: Mini-Camera Records All (and Perhaps Too Much)

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2013

Swedish company Memoto is developing a camera that automatically documents the lives of users by snapping a photo every 30 seconds. The gadget could threaten privacy on both sides of the lens, critics warn. By Martin Wolf more... Comment ]

Net Politics: Report Calls for German Internet Commissioner

Net Politics: Report Calls for German Internet Commissioner

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2013

A special Internet and Digital Society Commission convened by parliament has released several hundred recommendations for addressing data protection and other Internet-related issues in Germany. Chief among them: establishing a permanent Internet commissioner. more...

Lex Google: Germany Waters Down Search Engine Legislation

Lex Google: Germany Waters Down Search Engine Legislation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2013

A new law regulating the indexing of media articles by search engines like Google and Bing is likely to pass on Friday. The watered-down legislation won't force the kind of payments to publishers the Internet giant had feared. more... Comment ]

Zensur im Web: Google klagt gegen Russlands schwarze Liste

Zensur im Web: Google klagt gegen Russlands schwarze Liste

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2013

Google legt sich mit Russlands Web-Aufsehern an. Der US-Konzern hat Klage gegen die Sperrung eines YouTube-Videos eingereicht. Angeblich will Google damit die Grenzen eines umstrittenen Zensurgesetzes ausloten. mehr...

Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2013

The technology needed for driverless cars is here and could be ready for the market in less than a decade. Automation holds the promise of revolutionizing the automobile industry and making our streets safer, but will it spell the end of Fahrvergnügen? By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Data Protection: All You Need to Know about the EU Privacy Debate

Data Protection: All You Need to Know about the EU Privacy Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2013

The European Union is seeking to increase the private sphere of its citizens by strengthening data protection laws for the web. Large Internet firms and lobbyists are fighting the plans. Here's an overview of the debate in Brussels. By Konrad Lischka and Christian Stöcker more... Comment ]

Net Neutrality? Google Prods Users to Fight Copyright Law

Net Neutrality? Google Prods Users to Fight Copyright Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2012

Google is increasingly throwing around its power to improve its bottom line. The latest incident is a draft law in Germany that would force the company to share some revenues with newspaper publishers. Meddling in politics is certainly not illegal, but it could be risky. By Sven Becker and Marcel Rosenbach more...

A Visit to Google Land: The Intransparent Methods of an Internet Giant

A Visit to Google Land: The Intransparent Methods of an Internet Giant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2012

Google has long insisted that it is "not a conventional company." An increasing number of users, competitors and advertisers are starting to doubt that claim. As the intransparent search engine giant expands its offerings, companies that stand in the way claim they are being made to suffer. Anti-trust agencies on both sides of the Atlantic are listening. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]