A director of the European Commission's justice department has criticised Google for hosting meetings about the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, accusing the web firm of lobbying against the European Court of Justice's decision.
Google has held a series of events at which experts, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, discuss the kind of response the ruling demands.
However, EC justice director Paul Nemitz, following a tradition of European criticism of Google, accused the firm of hosting the events simply to spread its disapproval of the ruling.
"In Brussels, of course, we are used to big-time lobbying activities and, as some have commented, these panels may in part be a [well intentioned] effort to find practical solutions to the problem," he said at a recent Brussels meeting.
"But in part, of course, they may also be passive-aggressiveness towards our data protection rules and our jurisprudence."
Nemitz suggested that Google should adhere to local laws and conventions, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
"You have no right to see me naked," he said, accusing the firm of hosting a PR roadshow when it should be considering the impact of mass surveillance.
V3 contacted Google for a response but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The 'right to be forgotten' ruling stipulates that Google, and other internet companies, must act on reasonable requests to have material removed from search engine listings.
The system is already in use, but various organisations, including Google and the UK Information Commissioner's Office, have said that it is a tricky task to manage.
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