Google had a challenging week after malware presented security threats to the Android operating system, and the firm refused to apply the Right to be Forgotten ruling on its entire global search database.
The company also said it will stop forcing the need for a Google+ account to sign into its other services, and received the backing of Silent Circle in regards to the Android for Work programme.
Google refuses to comply with global Right to be Forgotten order
Google has refused to comply with an order from CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, to apply the European Right to be Forgotten ruling to its entire global search database.
The Right to be Forgotten is currently being applied to all European versions of Google's search engine, but the Article 29 Working Party said in November 2014 that Google should apply the ruling internationally on all Google sites, something the company has not done.
Android owners urged to switch off MMS after Stagefright scare
Android users are being warned to switch off the MMS features on their smartphones after the discovery of the Stagefright exploit that has left up to 95 percent of all Android devices vulnerable to hackers.
Simon Mullis, global technical leader at FireEye, told V3: "The sheer range and number of devices and therefore end users affected, and the fact that no user interaction is required to become compromised, make this a very serious set of vulnerabilities indeed."
Silent Circle embraces Google Android for Work scheme to boost enterprise appeal
Google's Android for Work programme has gained the backing of Silent Circle, a Switzerland-based developer championing mobile encryption and privacy with its Blackphone handset.
Marking Silent Circle's move into the enterprise space, the Blackphone 2 is due out this autumn and will feature integration with Google's services, something the original Blackphone lacked owing to security concerns.
Another major Android threat found that bricks devices
Android users have been warned of a serious security threat that could render their mobile devices unusable. Security firm Trend Micro uncovered the flaw in Google's mobile operating system, which is the second one to come to light in the past week after the discovery of Stagefright.
"We have discovered a vulnerability in Android that can render a phone apparently dead - silent, unable to make calls, with a lifeless screen," said Trend.
Google granted appeal over Safari ad tracking case in UK
Google was granted the right to appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling from March which said that the company should face a legal challenge for tracking user data from Apple's Safari browser without permission.
The Supreme Court ruled that Google could challenge the ruling over the interpretation used by the Court of Appeal to decide whether the claimants in the case could bring an appeal under the Data Protection Act.
Google removes Google+ requirement for key services, including YouTube
Google announced it will stop forcing people to use Google+ profiles on its other web services, notably YouTube, as the firm reduces efforts to promote the social service.
Currently, using Google products often requires a Google+ account, something that has provoked complaints from users, particularly those on YouTube who do not like having to use their Google+ account on an entirely different service.
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