European Union Court: Google will be obligated to remove search results that hurt user

European Court Rules Google Remove Hurtful Search Results

This week, the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which is responsible for rulings issued by the European Union, came to a ground-breaking and revolutionary conclusion: every person is entitled to request that Google remove search results concerning his/her name. The principle behind this decision is the basic right every person holds “to be forgotten” from collective history. It is important to note that this decision is only valid within the boundaries of the European Union, and cannot be enforced by European citizens residing in foreign countries. It remains to be seen how this will be managed. Here are some unanswered questions we’re left with: [custom_list]
  • Will this apply only to results directly connected to the person filing the complaint, or will this also be broadened to include results that contain reference to the person’s family and property?
  • Will all requests be approved automatically?
  • What will the removal application process entail (forms, etc)?
[/custom_list]   The main takeaway is that this decision marks the first attempt by a regulatory agency to intervene with Google policy, and actually assume the right to override its decisions – a foreign practice up until now. For instance, if the request for removal is denied by Google, according to this ruling, the person issuing the complaint will be able to appeal this decision in a European Union Court or in one of the bodies responsible for regulating privacy laws. [Read the original article on Search Engine Land] image1  

Over 60% of E-mails Opened from Mobile Devices

A recent survey conducted by Movable Ink determined that 66% of all e-mail messages in the United States are opened using smartphones or tablets, while only 34% are opened using desktop computers. Surveying the most popular mobile devices yielded that iPhones themselves surpassed desktop with 38% of all e-mails opened. iPads were ranked following dekstop computers, with 16.27% of opens, and Android tablets held only a 2.12% share of opens. As far as user behavior, it was found that e-mail message opening patterns were similar on iPhone and desktop, whilst on tablet most e-mails were opened from the late afternoon-evening hours, peaking at around midnight. Many newsletters sent today are responsive (i.e. they are adapted for display on mobile device screens), so make it a point to ensure that your newsletter-sending software includes proper mobile templates.]Read the original article on Marketing Land]  

The Google Update that Never Was

Over the past two weeks, the web was a-buzz surrounding certain changes in Google search results, with most speaking of a mysterious algorithm update. Barry Schwartz reports that following a conversation with position holders at Google, he was assured that the algorithm hadn’t been updated, thus dispelling all rumors. [Read the original article on Search Engine Roundtable]