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Hong Kong privacy chief calls for ‘right to be forgotten’

GoogleHong Kong’s top privacy regulator, Allen Chiang Yam-wang, has Google should give citizens the “right to be forgotten” beyond Europe, as the online search behemoth moves to give citizens in the EU the right to stop content about them from being indexed. 

In a blog post, published yesterday, Chiang Yam-wang wrote that he expects court cases similar to a recent Europe case will soon be heard in countries such as Canada and Japan and said that Google should instead simply apply the European ruling globally.

“It makes good customer service and business competitiveness sense for Google to demonstrate its privacy friendliness by pioneering a borderless service, regardless of the applicant’s nationality and place of residence,” he wrote.

The move is opposed by marketing and internet interests in Hong Kong but privacy boss also did an interview with the South China Morning Post and told the newspaper that increasingly the internet made the world a global village.

“We now live in a global village. … There must be a significant number of UK passport-holders among the Hong Kong population,” Chiang said yesterday “Could they not invoke the EU legislation and exercise their right to be de-indexed?” he asked.

Google has said for the moment it will only provide the service to Europeans in order to comply with the court’s ruling.

It has not explained why it had been extended to some non-EU countries, though not to Asia.

Real the full SCMP article here. 

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