Microsoft to phase out Nokia name

Nokia LumiaThe Nokia Lumia name will soon become Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.

New Nokia Lumia smartphones will instead by known as Microsoft Lumia, the company said.

Nokia’s non-mobile division, which is not owned by Microsoft, will continue to use the name.

The mobile operation was bought by Microsoft in April in a deal worth $7.2bn (£4.6bn).

Since then, Microsoft has quietly shifted away from the Nokia brand.

A post on Nokia France’s Facebook page confirmed the branding shift. The renaming will roll out globally in due course, Microsoft has said.

The announcement comes despite Microsoft agreeing to a 10-year deal to use the Nokia name on mobile products.

Microsoft is currently having a big shake-up. In July, chief executive Satya Nadella announced the cutting of 18,000 jobs.

The bulk of the cuts, around 12,500, will be from staff taken on after the Nokia acquisition.

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Concern raised over UK use of drones

Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of a drone, which was flown over a packed football stadium This drone was flown over a match at the Etihad Stadium, leading to an arrest

The use of drones in the UK will rise over the next 20 years, raising “significant safety, security, and privacy concerns”, a report has said.

The University of Birmingham Policy Commission Report raised the prospect that the aircraft could be used by terror groups to attack public events.

However, it also acknowledged greater use could bring “significant benefits” to the UK’s security and economy.

It called for “urgent” measures to safeguard British airspace and privacy.

The research into Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) was led by Sir David Omand, a former head of the UK’s intelligence centre, GCHQ.

‘Malign purposes’

It stated: “The security threat posed by individuals misusing RPA is a serious one, whether for criminal or terrorist purposes… more thought needs to be given to their employment for malign purposes in the domestic environment.”

It went on: “Vulnerable targets might be hardened to withstand attack from outside, but it is entirely possible that in a public space like a shopping centre or sporting stadium, an attack could be launched from within.

“Crowds at sporting events or rallies could be vulnerable in a similar way if a future terrorist group were to look for means of dispersing chemical or biological agents.

“While such a scenario has so far not posed a real danger to UK citizens… it is a threat that the UK authorities took seriously during the 2012 Olympics.”

Drones are also “ideal lookouts for burglars, train robbers and poachers”, the Security Impact of Drones report said.

And it said lightweight, commercial RPAs could become the “weapon of choice” for paparazzi in search of photographs of celebrities.

Police in Merseyside, Staffordshire, Essex, Wiltshire and the West Midlands have acquired or used drones for surveillance, and guidelines must be looked at governing how and when they can be used, it said.

The commission called for “urgent” measures to safeguard British airspace and the privacy of citizens to cope with civil and commercial use, which it expected to be more widespread by 2035.

Currently, drones of under 20kg can be used within line of sight of the operator and with permission of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Enforcing breaches is likely to become a major policy issue, the report said, adding some drones were often being flown in breach of rules.

‘Innovative technology’

On Monday, a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breaching an air navigation order when a drone was flown over Manchester City’s home game with Tottenham Hotspur.

Greater Manchester Police said the drone could have posed a threat to crowd safety and could potentially have caused alarm to fans.

Elsewhere, the Ministry of Defence recently confirmed the UK would fly unmanned drones over Syria to gather intelligence on Islamic State militants.

Rivet Joint spy planes will also be authorised for surveillance missions in the region, the MoD said.

Commission chairman Sir David said the decision was welcome provided the technology was used “in accordance with international law”.

“This commission has highlighted the need for more work on the policies for such applications, and we hope that our findings will help clarify the issues that will need more attention, as well as providing a vision for how the UK can exploit this innovative technology,” he said.

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Audi claims self-drive speed record



Audi RS7

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WATCH: The RS7 took a little over two minutes to complete a lap (video filmed by Audi and edited by BBC)

Audi has claimed a speed record for a self-driving car.

The German car giant says its RS7 vehicle topped 149mph (240km/h) while driving uncrewed round the Hockenheim racing circuit, south of Frankfurt.

The car took just over two minutes to complete a lap of the Grand Prix track.

Sunday’s stunt was organised to highlight the firm’s efforts to bring “piloted driving” to road vehicles. But one expert cautioned that several hurdles still needed to be overcome.

Audi – a division of Volkswagen – also put a human behind the wheel of the vehicle for a comparison lap. He took five seconds longer to complete the circuit.

A member of the car company’s research team explained that it believed the innovation could ultimately be used by the public.

“I know accident-free driving will remain a vision. But at least we can reduce the number of accidents in the future,” said Dr Horst Glaser.

“Piloted driving defuses situations like, for example, being in a traffic jam. Whenever the driver is distracted and inattentive the car could take over.

“Additionally the driver has a chance to relax. That means they are on full alert as soon as their attention is required again.”

Audi RS7Computer equipment in the rear of the car used data gathered from an array of sensors

The RS7 used a combination of cameras, laser scanners, GPS location data, radio transmissions and radar sensors to guide itself around the track, with the data processed by computing equipment that filled its boot.

The experiment marked a high point after 15 years of research by the firm in the US and Europe.

However, one industry-watcher noted that a speed test on an otherwise empty racetrack was very different to the day-to-day driving conditions such vehicles would one day experience.

“I think we will see driverless cars on our roads within a decade, but there’s clearly still a lot of work to do,” said Prof David Bailey from Aston Business School.

“You need to make sure they interact with other driverless cars as well as those piloted by humans – you’ve got to make sure the software absolutely works.”

He added that the insurance industry also needed to grapple with the concept.

“One of the big issues is what happens if there is an accident,” he explained.

“Who is responsible? Is it the driver even if they are not driving? Is it the car company? Is it the software company? There are a whole load of legal issues to sort out.

MercedesMercedes is developing a computer-driven version of its S-class car

“But there could be big savings for the economy in terms of far fewer accidents and more efficient travel.”

Audi is far from alone in this field research.

Another German manufacturer, Mercedes, showed off a rival computer-controlled version of its S-class car recently.

Other car companies including Daimler, Volvo, Toyota, Tesla and BMW are also experimenting with artificial intelligence-directed vehicles, as are other tech firms including Google, Panasonic and Autolive.

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Man guilty of fake-girl webcam sex



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The charity said men from 71 countries had tried to solicit Sweetie

A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina.

Details of 1,000 men who contacted the fake child, nicknamed Sweetie, were sent to police around the world

The men had requested Sweetie perform sex acts in front of a webcam for cash.

The names of 110 British men thought to be among those involved were sent to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

It says it is actively pursuing the investigation, although no arrests have been made.

Scott Robert Hansen, who is a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty to three charges in Brisbane District Court.

He admitted sending obscene pictures of himself to Sweetie, having images of child sexual abuse on his computer and failing to comply with a sex offenders order.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, but is not expected to go to jail because of the eight months he has already been in detention.

Computer-generated girlTerre des Hommes has offered to share the technology it used to create Sweetie with police forces

He will be subject to a 12-month correction order and was ordered to undertake a sex offender treatment programme.

Chat logs

BBC News has obtained the chat logs of Hansen’s conversations.

Hansen started by asking: “hi u really 9yo”

The operator replied: “Yes,” to which he wrote: “wanna chat or cam with older?”

He went on: “I like asian chicks, are you… for action”

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His comments became more explicit: “i’m naked, ever seen a guy naked?”

He then turned on his webcam and performed a sex act in front of what he believed was a nine-year-old girl.

Judge Ryrie, in sentencing said Hansen had “a protracted interest in targeting children in various ways”.

The fact the girl was not real was irrelevant, she said. “If you believe that’s a nine-year-old girl, then that’s the law, that’s good enough.”

Internet patrols

This is thought to be the first conviction related to the Sweetie operation. It was created by a Dutch charity called Terre des Hommes.

Head of the programme Hans Guyt said he and his colleagues had always hoped the information would be used by police forces to mount their own operations.

“Law enforcement now know that the information we supplied can be very useful,” he said.



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Undercover operator ‘Some of the men give me nightmares’

He added that police had to be more proactive. “The only way to try and find these people is to patrol the internet,” he said.

A team of four researchers worked on the project for 10 weeks in 2013. They posed in chat rooms as Philippine girls.

Sometimes they even used a computerised avatar, which they would show men via web cam.

Nightmares

BBC News has spoken exclusively to one operator, who asked to remain anonymous.

“Some of the men we interacted with literally give me nightmares,” he said.

Regarding Scott Hansen, he commented: “He was very direct, at one point he asked us to get our fictional eight-year-old sister involved. It was very difficult to go to sleep at night after interacting with someone like Hansen.”

The operator is proud of playing a part in Hansen’s conviction, but wishes there had been more. “He was probably not the most serious, not even amongst the most serious,” he said.

Over the period of the project tens of thousands of men contacted the team. The names of 1,000 were given to Interpol, which distributed the identities to 71 countries around the world.

This is the first reported conviction related to the project.

National Crime Agency

The NCA said a substantial amount of work needed to be done to identify the 110 men it had been notified about.

It said it was “actively pursuing” the investigation but could not offer further detail.

Child on computerTerre des Hommes has said that webcam sex tourism requires new policing techniques

BBC News has seen the British files – much of the information would not be admissible in court.

Some of the men are untraceable. Others, though, would be easy to find, and their behaviour is very disturbing.

The NCA has confirmed it has not yet passed the information to individual forces.

This may prove controversial following the NCA’s previous admission that it had failed to pass on information from Canadian police in 2012.

The details of more than 2,000 British men who had been buying child abuse images from an online video store in Canada was passed to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) centre in July 2012.

Ceop judged the men low risk and did not inform local forces until November 2013, when it became part of the National Crime Agency.

Several of those men, including Cambridge paediatric cancer specialist Dr Myles Bradbury, have since been convicted of child abuse offences.

The head of the NCA, Keith Bristow, has apologised for the delay in passing on information

He has also referred the handling of the information to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Today the NCA said it received “1,600 referrals relating to potential child abuse every month”, adding that it gave “top priority to those cases where an immediate or high risk to a child is identified”.

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Google changes ‘to fight piracy’

Ed SheeranMusic industry executives are frustrated by illegal sites appearing in Google search results

Google has announced changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy.

The company has long been criticised for enabling people to find sites to download entertainment illegally.

The entertainment industry has argued that illegal sites should be “demoted” in search results.

The new measures, mostly welcomed by music trade group the BPI, will instead point users towards legal alternatives such as Spotify and Google Play.

Google will now list these legal services in a box at the top of the search results, as well as in a box on the right-hand side of the page.

Crucially, however, these will be adverts – meaning if legal sites want to appear there, they will need to pay Google for the placement.

The BPI said that while it was “broadly” pleased with Google’s changes, it did not think sites should have to pay.

“There should be no cost when it comes to serving consumers with results for legal services,” a spokesman told the BBC.

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  • The BPI made 43.3 million requests for Google to remove search results in 2013 (the US equivalent group, the RIAA, made 31.6 million)
  • Google removed 222 million results from search because of copyright infringement
  • Google’s Content ID system, which detects copyrighted material, scans 400 years-worth of video every day
  • 300 million videos have been “claimed” by rights holders, meaning they can place advertising on them

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“Instead we have urged Google to use the machine-readable data on the Music Matters website, which lists all services licensed in the UK, and to promote these legal services above illegal sites and results in their search, using appropriate weighting applied fairly and equally across services.”

‘Legitimate sources’

Google has also added extra measures to doctor its search results so that links pointing to illegal content fall lower in results, with legal sites floating to the top.

The company has been doing this for several years, but now says it has “refined the signal” for detecting these links.

To coincide with the announcement, Google published a report into the measures it has put in place across its various websites.

Google results for legal sitesThe legal options will appear at the top of the page

On YouTube, for instance, its Content ID system is able to detect the use of copyrighted material in videos – offering music labels the choice of having the content removed, or monetising it by placing advertising.

But the report stressed the long-held view from Google that the solution to piracy lay in putting effort into creating better legal services, rather than chasing off illegal ones.

“Piracy often arises when consumer demand goes unmet by legitimate supply,” the report said.

“As services ranging from Netflix to Spotify to iTunes have demonstrated, the best way to combat piracy is with better and more convenient legitimate services.”

Ongoing row

The BPI and Google have been at logger-heads over downgrading results for several years.

The music industry has been angered by the way in which a search on Google for “listen to Katy Perry”, or any artist, would sometimes produce results pointing to places to download content illegally.

Often, the illegal sites would rank higher than official outlets such as iTunes.

Google, reluctant to tamper with its “organic” results, but leant on by the government, has gradually backed down and implemented some measures, although their effectiveness is often disputed.

Other combative measures pushed by the BPI include the blocking of websites such as the Pirate Bay so that UK internet users cannot visit unless they are using specialist software.

“We will monitor the results carefully,” said Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI.

“But we are encouraged that Google has recognised the need to take further action and will continue to work with the search engines and government to build a stronger digital music sector.

“The BPI, together with colleagues from the film industry, will continue to meet with the search engines and government to ensure these measures make a real difference and to persuade Bing and Yahoo to take similar action.”

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Facebook warning to US drugs officers

Fake Facebook

One of the images it’s claimed was used in the fake account (The BBC has blurred part of the image)

It doesn’t matter who you are, Facebook’s rules must be obeyed, according to Facebook.

That’s why the social network has written to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) telling them to stop setting up fake accounts.

Chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, instructed the DEA that their terms and conditions ban anyone from lying about who they are

The DEA is part of the US Justice Department.

It is responsible for cracking down on the production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs.

The issue of fake profiles has been raised by a lawsuit brought by a women from New York, Sondra Arquiett.

In it she accuses a federal agent of creating a fake profile using her name and pictures from her mobile phone.

It’s believed the photographs were taken after she was arrested on drug charges in 2010 and her phone was seized.

Ms Arquiett has claimed her identity was then used as a front to interact with “dangerous individuals”.

Fake Facebook

A screenshot taken by AP indicates that the fake page had 11 “friends” before it was removed (images blurred by BBC)

She is suing for £155,000.

Facebook wants the DEA to now confirm they are no longer using fake accounts as part of their investigations.

In the court papers, the Justice Department defended its actions.

It said Sondra Arquiett “implicitly consented” to it using her photos and name “by granting access to the information stored in her cellphone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid it in ongoing criminal investigations”.

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UK builds child abuse image database

Hard driveRaids on abusers and sites often produce millions of images that need to be classified

The UK is creating a national database of images of child sexual abuse seized during police raids on paedophiles and sites that trade in the content.

The Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) will help UK police forces co-ordinate investigations into abuse.

Huge growth in the number of abuse images circulating online means forces need help analysing what they seize.

The database is part of a massive international effort to classify images and track down victims.

The need for CAID has arisen because such action against abusers and websites often leaves police forces needing to categorise hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of images.

Many of these images will have been seen before as the trade in abuse content has led to them being duplicated many times. This can make it difficult for investigators to pick out novel images that could lead them to victims that have not been seen before.

Project Vic

In a statement, policing minister Mike Penning said CAID was “a watershed moment in this government’s drive to stamp out the despicable crime of online child sexual exploitation”.

“The outcomes will be life-changing, and in some cases life-saving,” he said. “That is how important this database is.”

The CAID database is also part of a larger international effort called Project Vic that seeks to classify images held by forces around the world.

Richard Brown from the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, which is helping co-ordinate Project Vic, said the two initiatives were using the same protocols to ensure images could be swapped back and forth easily.

Seven other countries were already helping with Project Vic and more were expected to sign up soon, he said.

“It is groundbreaking for law enforcement, tool providers, non-profits and industry to all stand together and agree on the need to standardize the approach to such egregious crimes,” Mr Brown told the BBC.

CAID is being built by tech firms NetClean, Hubstream and L-3 ASA and is set to be working by the end of 2014.

As well as improving collaboration among police forces, it is hoped that the database will save forces more than £7.5m by cutting the time it takes to conduct investigations.

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Internet trolls face longer sentences

Chris GraylingChris Grayling said he wanted to tackle the ‘baying cyber-mob’

Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

He told the Mail on Sunday quadrupling the current maximum six-month term showed his determination to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”.

The plan has been announced days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as “crude and degrading”.

Magistrates could pass serious cases on to crown courts under the new measures.

Social media ‘venom’

Mr Grayling told the newspaper: “These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life.

“No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”

Miss Madeley received threats after defending her mother Judy Finnigan’s comments on a rape committed by footballer Ched Evans, which she said was “non-violent” and did not cause “bodily harm”.

Richard Madeley has said “prosecution awaits” those who sent “sick rape threats” to his daughter.

Richard and Chloe MadeleyChloe Madeley received threats from internet trolls last week

The justice secretary said: “As the terrible case of Chloe Madeley showed last week, people are being abused online in the most crude and degrading fashion.

“This is a law to combat cruelty – and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob.

“We must send out a clear message – if you troll you risk being behind bars for two years.”

‘Online terrorism’

Miss Madeley told the Mail on Sunday she agreed with the proposals to update the 10-year-old law.

“It needs to be accepted that physical threats should not fall under the freedom of speech umbrella,” she said.

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“It should be seen as online terrorism and it should be illegal.”

Claire Hardaker, an academic from Lancaster University who studies online aggression, said proving the intent of a threat on the internet was difficult for police.

“It’s like your mum sending you a text saying ‘I’m going to kill you’ because maybe you forgot to bring something that she asked you to bring, versus somebody on the internet saying ‘I’m going to kill you’,” she said.

“You have to know the intent of the two different people and to know the intent of the stranger on the internet you’ve got to be able to read their mind.

“Proving intent, proving that they really meant it, that they had the means to carry it out, it’s very difficult.”

Law change

Former Conservative MP Edwina Currie said people should learn to show restraint when making online comments.

“Most people know the difference between saying something nice and saying something nasty, saying something to support, which is wonderful when you get that on Twitter, and saying something to wound which is very cruel and very offensive.

“Most people know the difference – I don’t think education is the issue. I think making sure society takes a dim view of the latter is exactly the right thing to do.”

Those who subject others to sexually offensive, verbally abusive or threatening material online are currently prosecuted in magistrates’ courts under the Malicious Communications Act, with a maximum prison sentence of six months.

Under the act, it is an offence to send another person a letter or electronic communication that contains an indecent or grossly offensive message, a threat or information which is false and known or believed by the sender to be false.

More serious cases could go to crown court under the proposals, where the maximum sentence would be extended.

The law change is to be made as an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill going through Parliament.

The new measures would also give police more time to collect enough evidence to enable successful prosecutions to be brought.

Mr Grayling announced earlier this month that the bill would also have an amendment dealing with so-called “revenge porn”, with those posting such images on the internet facing two years in jail.

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‘Secret’ app denies tracking claims

Whisper websiteSecrets shared on the Whisper website

The editor of Whisper, an app for people to share secrets anonymously, has angrily denied reports that it has been tracking users and sharing data.

The Guardian newspaper claims Whisper has an in-house tool which can track the locations of all its users.

This includes some who have specifically opted out of sharing location details, the report claims.

Whisper editor Neetzan Zimmerman tweeted that the article was “riddled with outright lies and made-up quotes”.

The Guardian also claimed the app was tracking “newsworthy” posters and was sharing data with the US Department of Defense in instances where secrets were uploaded from military bases.

“We are not sharing specific user data with any organisation,” wrote Mr Zimmerman in response.

“We noticed how frequently suicide is mentioned among those living on US military bases or compounds and reached out to organisations to see how we could work together to address this important issue.”

Law enforcement

However, he added that “violent or child-endangering threats” were reported to law enforcement agents “to protect our users and the public”.

“We comply with the legal process in all instances,” he wrote.

“We respond to both subpoenas and preservation requests from law enforcement. Whisper is not a place for illegal activity.”

Two journalists from the newspaper had visited Whisper’s offices in the US to explore a working relationship, which the Guardian says it will no longer pursue due to concerns over user privacy.

The Guardian has been contacted by the BBC for comment.

News and community site Buzzfeed has also announced it is “taking a break” from its partnership with the platform following the report.

“We’re taking a break from our partnership until Whisper clarifies to us and its users the policy on user location and privacy,” it said in a statement.

Behind the scenes

Millions of “secrets” – a short sentence written over a picture – have been shared via the social media platform since its launch two years ago.

“You look at all of these services like Facebook and Instagram, and they’re all about, ‘Let me show you the best version of me,’” Whisper co-founder Michael Heyward told the BBC earlier this year.

“Whisper is about showing people the behind-the-scenes stuff that we’re not always comfortable posting on Facebook.”

In his response to the Guardian’s report, Neetzan Zimmerman added that the firm did not store geographical data or any other information which might identify a user.

“There is nothing in our geolocation data that can be tied to an individual user and a user’s anonymity is never compromised,” he wrote.

“Even for users who opt into geolocation services, the location information that we do store is obscured to within 500m of their smartphone device’s actual location.

“Whisper does not follow or track users. Whisper does not request or store any personally identifiable information from users, therefore there is never a breach of anonymity.”

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BBC to publish ‘forgotten’ page list

Eric SchmidtThe meeting was hosted by Google chairman Eric Schmidt

The BBC is to publish a continually updated list of its articles removed from Google under the controversial “right to be forgotten” rule.

The ruling allows people to ask Google to remove some types of information about them from its search index.

But editorial policy head David Jordan told a public meeting, hosted by Google, that the BBC felt some of its articles had been wrongly hidden.

He said greater care should be given to the public’s “right to remember”.

Following the ruling, Google set up a form on its site allowing people to request which links should be taken down.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said links that were “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” should not appear when a specific search – usually a person’s name – was made.

Right to be forgotten meetingThe UK meeting was one of several Google-hosted events around Europe

Google decided to notify affected websites each time a link had been removed.

The BBC will begin – in the “next few weeks” – publishing the list of removed URLs it has been notified about by Google.

Mr Jordan said the BBC had so far been notified of 46 links to articles that had been removed.

They included a link to a blog post by Economics Editor Robert Peston. The request was believed to have been made by a person who had left a comment underneath the article.

An EU spokesman later said the removal was “not a good judgement” by Google.

Real IRA

The list will not republish the story, or any identifying information. It will instead be a “resource for those interested in the debate”, Mr Jordan said.

He criticised the “lack of a formal appeal process” after links have been taken down, noting one case where news of the trial involving members of the Real IRA was removed from search results.

“Two of whom were subsequently convicted,” Mr Jordan explained.

“This report could not be traced when looking for any of the defendants’ names. It seems to us to be difficult to justify this in the public’s interest.”

David JordanDavid Jordan said a better appeal process was needed for disputed requests

He suggested that Google implement some changes to the process of making a “right to be forgotten” request – such as requiring the identify of the person to be shared with the publication, on condition of confidentiality.

The meeting, hosted by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, is the latest of several that have taken place around Europe in the past two months. The next, on 4 November, will be held in Brussels.

However supporters of the ruling said the meetings were a “PR exercise” for Google – which would rather not deal with requests – rather than an open debate.

“They want to be seen as being open and virtuous, but they handpicked the members of the council, will control who is in the audience, and what comes out of the meetings,” said Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of CNIL – France’s data protection body.

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European Court of Justice, Luxembourg

People keen to get data removed from Google’s index must:

  • Provide weblinks to the relevant material
  • Name their home country
  • Explain why the links should be removed
  • Supply photo ID to help Google guard against fraudulent applications

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