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News digest 12/2/16: Global ‘right to be forgotten’

12 February 2016 by Henry Ker

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Global ‘right to be forgotten’

Google looks set to apply the ‘right to be forgotten’ rule to its global website, if accessed from a European country. This comes as it attempts to pacify the stringent EU data protection authorities.

Previously, if Google complied with a ‘right to be forgotten’ request from a European user, it only removed them from the European version of their website (e.g. google.fr). The main US site was not covered, so users could still access the ‘forgotten’ information via that site. Regulators suggested this undermined the effectiveness of the rule.

 

BBC governance needs overhaul say MPs

The BBC needs a radical overhaul of its governance, according to a report from the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. There are particular concerns in the report about the Director General’s position, as he is ‘effectively accountable to no one’. The Committee also suggests that improving the organisation’s accountability and transparency will help it to continue to develop high-class television, while also addressing the unfavourable perception of the organisation’s culture.

 

International cricket appoints independent chair

The International Cricket Council (ICC) board unanimously agreed to appoint a new independent chair. This move comes as part of the council’s review of its governance structure – an attempt to make the governing body more transparent and level the playing field by reducing the power of the 'Big Three' cricket boards (India, Australia and England). Last year, ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, accused the Big Three of ‘bullying’ the organisation.

 

Government auditors criticised over Kids Company

The government’s internal auditors were criticised by Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury select committee, over their scrutiny of payments to Kids Company. He also accused them of failing to tackle allegations that the Cabinet Office had overruled the ‘normal process of decision making’ in making payments to the charity.

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