June 25, 2013 / Media Mention

Hultsch quoted in Wall Street Journal blog post

In reference to Google's recent privacy win in Europe, Christina Hultsch, an attorney in Porter Wright's International practice group, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal blog post, "Google's EU victory is prologue for wider conflict on 'Right to be forgotten.'"

The post, by Joel Schectman of The CIO Report, discusses that while Google has proven victorious in not being held liable for what returns via searches in the EU, the larger conflict remains that individuals want to be able to delete such information that may be returned about themselves.

From the Wall Street Journal:
A Google spokesman said in an emailed statement: “This is a good opinion for free expression. We’re glad to see it supports our long-held view that requiring search engines to suppress ‘legitimate and legal information’ would amount to censorship.” ...

Christina Hultsch, an international privacy attorney at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, says even if a “right to be forgotten” law never passes, regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are likely to demand that companies allow customers to move their data to another provider. Such “data portability,” would allow customers to remove their information and place it in the hands of a competitor if a company doesn’t meet expectations for how it protects privacy, Ms. Hultsch said.

CIOs need to start building into software and systems “the ability to segregate out an individual’s customer data,” Ms. Hultsch. “[Regulators] are going to give customers the opportunity to vote with their feet and the way companies treat customer data will become a tremendous competitive advantage or disadvantage.”

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