Privacy, piracy and clarity have been the themes of Google's week, with the firm revealing that its driverless cars have been involved in 11 accidents over six years of testing, and joining the likes of Apple and Microsoft in a stand against US government surveillance.
The search giant also joined forces with Microsoft, Mastercard and the Danish government to tackle piracy. But the company also came under pressure from academics over the way it handles right-to-be-forgotten requests, and had the Information Commissioner's Office pressing it to explain why it got 50 requests wrong.
Google's self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents in six years
Google's driverless car tests have seen 11 accidents in six years. The search giant claimed that none of these accidents was the car's fault and insisted its driverless car programme was firing on all cylinders.
Academics press Google to reveal more on the right to be forgotten
Google came under pressure from a collection of experts and academics who wrote to the company asking it to be more open about the way it handles right-to-be-forgotten requests. The group picked Google because it believes that the search giant is the most informed about the situation, though the request for information applies to all parties involved.
Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Twitter demand less US surveillance
Google joined Microsoft, Yahoo, Twitter and other technology firms and industry groups in calling for the US government to adopt the US Freedom Act, which is currently making its way through the Senate.
The Reform Government Surveillance group has been pressing for change since 2013, which saw the now-infamous revelations from former NSA operative Edward Snowden. The group has written to the US Senate in support of the proposed legislation and the reassurances that it would give privacy-conscious citizens.
Google, Microsoft and Mastercard will work together to tackle piracy
The companies all signed a memorandum of understanding with the government and the local Rights Alliance, which will see them ensure that copyright and its protection becomes normal practice online.
Google in right to be forgotten talks with regulator
According to the BBC, Google is in talks with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over 50 right-to-be-forgotten requests it has got wrong. The ICO said it hoped the talks will lead to a resolution to the dispute, though it noted it has enforcement powers available should the talks collapse.
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