STLR Link Roundup — March 11th, 2016

Google uses Geolocation to Implement Right to Be Forgotten Ruling

Google will use IP address data and other geolocation signals to determine whether a Google Search user is located in Europe. If so, Google will delist search results covered by the European Court of Justice’s “Right to be Forgotten” rulings. Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel at Google, released a blog post on a company blog on March 4th, detailing some specifics of the implementation. Previously, Google only delisted entries on their European search engines (such as google.co.uk or google.de), and did not care about the user’s location. A European user could have switched to a non-EU Google Search (like google.com) and encounter no delisted entries. Now, it will not matter which version of Google Search residents of the EU use — all versions will delist entries if the user is determined to be from the EU.

Federal Prosecutors Ask for Five Year Prison Term for Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violator

Matthew Keys, a journalist, had been convicted of CFAA violations for giving login credentials to self-described members of Anonymous, who used the credentials to temporarily edit a story in the Los Angeles Times. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was an effort to criminalize hacking, but some consider its provisions overbroad; the CFAA was the main statute used to prosecute Aaron Swartz. Key’s defense lawyers have asked for the sentence to incorporate no prison time.

Proposed French Terrorism Law Penalizes Non-Decrypting Companies

If a company like Apple refuses to hand over encrypted data to the French Government during a terrorism investigation, a new amendment to a terrorism bill would result in a 350,000 Euro fine and up to 5 years in jail. Hollande’s government opposes the amendment, which was proposed by members of the opposition. The bill was approved by the National Assembly on March 8th, and will now move on to the Senate.

AlphaGo, AI Go Program, up 2-0 Against Top-Ranked Player

A computer Go algorithm is currently in the lead in a five game series against the best-ranked Go player in the world, an event heralded as being ten years ahead of schedule. While computers have beaten humans consistently in Chess since Deep Blue’s 1997 victory over Garry Kasparov, they have had (until now) much less success at Go. The ancient Chinese board game has an exponentially larger number of available player moves than Chess, which renders brute-force algorithms like Deep Blue less well-off. A victory by AlphaGo would be symbolic, representing that computer algorithms can best humans at tasks previously thought to be uniquely suited to ‘human ingenuity.’

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