Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tokyo court orders Google to delete data linking man to crime he did not commit

Tokyo court orders Google to delete data linking man to crime
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Tokyo court orders Google to delete data linking man to crime. A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit


A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users.

The Tokyo District Court this week placed a provisional order that Google delete about half of 237 entries that appear after the plaintiff’s name is entered, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper and other local media reported.

The man requested the injunction in June, arguing that these search results suggest he was involved in a crime and that this constitutes a threat to his current way of life and compromises his privacy, the Asahi said.

The ruling comes after the EU’s top court said in May that individuals have the right to ask Google to delete personal data produced by its search engine.

Individuals have a right “to be forgotten”, under certain circumstances when their personal data becomes outdated or inaccurate, the European Court of Justice said.

Google has received more than 100,000 requests for the removal of nearly half a million pages since the ECJ ruling earlier this year.

The Japanese injunction, which only applies to one specific set of data, is a provisional ruling lacking the same sweeping power as the legislative changes in Europe.

It is not precedent-setting and grants no rights to anyone other than the claimant.

It is also at the lowest judicial level in a country where legal tussles frequently go to appeal.

According to reports, Judge Nobuyuki Seki said some of the search results “infringe personal rights”.

“Google, which manages the search engine, has the obligation to delete them,” it said.

“The man received tangible damage from the search results, which give the impression that he is a bad man,” it said.

It is believed to be the first legal decision in Japan ordering the operator of a search engine to remove search results, although there were earlier rulings on aspects of Google’s “autocomplete” function.

“We’ve just received the order, so we are reviewing the order,” a company spokesman told AFP, adding they were studying options, including an appeal.

He added that the company does comply with legal take-down notices.

In April last year, a Japanese court told Google it had to de-link words in its autocomplete function to prevent the search engine suggesting criminal acts when users typed one man’s name.

But the appeals court Tokyo High Court in January overturned the lower court’s decision.

© 2014 AFP

Love that knows no limits....

by American Kabuki

This is dedicated to my friend Jean who has nursed a husband suffering with narcolepsy/cataplexy since a 2002 automobile accident.  She probably doesn't read this blog, but she deserves recognition. While not Alzheimer's, and slower to kill - narcolepsy/cataplexy just goes on and on and there is no cure.  She still doesn't have her man and her sons don't have their father and there is no end in sight of the ordeal.  The politically savvy sharp witted man and soccer athlete she knew is gone.  But the love is still there.  Sometimes its hard to understand why some people have to endure the incredible things they endure in this life. Perhaps its to show others how love is done.

And to my own ex-wife Nancy, even though our marriage was failing and did fail.  I do thank you for not exercising my wish not to be resuscitated should I ever end up on life support, the very situation I did find myself in 2009 when I was battling blood poisoning.  The doctors told you I would die.  You didn't believe them. You could have pulled the plug and collected the life insurance, but you didn't.   Thank you for your integrity of being and for being there when it counted.

The love some people have for their mates is truly astounding.  The love women are capable of showing is beyond what men can even comprehend.  Even when they are as mad as hell at us. Love seems to come so much more naturally to women.

Glen Cambell's wife is also one of those women. And he shows his appreciation in this song...

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Legendary Songwriter with Alzheimer’s Releases His Final Epic Ballad!

Legendary singer and songwriter Glen Campbell has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for years, and is now in the final stages of the disease. Campbell has been moved to 24-hour care, as his doctors have determined that he is in the sixth stage of Alzheimer’s (‘severe cognitive decline”).

It has been nearly two years since Campbell has performed in public — however, as a farewell to his music career, Campbell’s record label has released his final studio recording.

His final ballad is called “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” The melody is somber and contemplative, but the lyrics show Campbell’s ability to find irony in his disease. The result is a beautiful combination of sadness and joy, which ends much too quickly.

Watch the video below to see the touching music video.

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ZEROHEDGE: As Monday Looms, Experts Warn Japan's Half-Trillion Dollar Fat-Finger-Trade "Could Absolutely Happen" In The US

As Monday Looms, Experts Warn Japan's Half-Trillion Dollar Fat-Finger-Trade "Could Absolutely Happen" In The US

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Just over a week ago, the Japanese stock market participants were stunned when stock orders amounting to a whopping $617 billion (yes Billion with a B) - more than the size of Sweden’s economy - were canceled for reasons still unknown in what was one of the biggest 'fat finger' trading errors of all time. Since then, US equity markets have suddenly become notably more volatile - and fallen significantly, VIX has seen odd intraday 'spikes', S&P futures saw the very odd 'satan signal', and USDJPY has suffered its worst losses in 3 years. This raises the question of whether US market microstructure is any better than Michael Lewis' Flash Boys' book describes.. (as we head into a bond market holiday, dismal liquidity, and a potential Black Monday), “That could absolutely happen here,” Tabb Group's Larry Tabb warns Bloomberg.

At 9:25 a.m. Tokyo time, orders for shares in 42 companies totaling 67.78 trillion yen ($617 billion) were canceled, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from the Japan Securities Dealers Association. A representative at the organization wasn’t immediately available to comment.

The biggest order was for 1.96 billion shares of Toyota Motor Corp., or 57 percent of outstanding shares at the world’s biggest carmaker, for 12.68 trillion yen through an off-exchange transaction. Toyota declined to comment. Other stocks with scrapped transactions included Honda Motor Co. (7267), Canon Inc., Sony Corp. and Nomura Holdings Inc.

“Fat finger” trading mistakes occur periodically. In 2009, UBS AG mistakenly ordered 3 trillion yen of Capcom Co. convertible bonds. Still, today’s scrapped trades were of a different magnitude.

“I’ve never heard of orders this big being canceled before,” said Ayako Sera, a Tokyo-based market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd., which oversees about $474 billion in assets. “There must have been an error.”

While no harm’s been done because the orders were canceled, there should be an explanation to alleviate concerns, Sera said.

“It’s not rocket science that there was a fat finger here, but it reopens the question about accountability,” said Gavin Parry, managing director at Hong Kong-based brokerage Parry International Trading Ltd.
It may not be rocket science, but one wonders: just who has the potential to trade over half a trillion in market orders, let alone screw it up?
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And since then..VIX Spikes have been frequent - and unexplained (as Nanex showed in the past)
Recently there have been frequent spikes in the VIX index such as the ones shown in the 1 minute chart below. We drilled down to the underlying data (option prices) used in calculating the VIX and found that almost all the quotes in the near term options used in the VIX calculation suddenly widened which causes the spike. Why this happens is unknown...
Stocks have dropped notably with very high intraday volatility, and USDJPY has collapsed...

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A funny thing happened after Michael Lewis’s book “Flash Boys” put the structure of the U.S. stock market under a microscope in March: The whole system ran pretty smoothly, at least compared with its recent past.

Sure, the electronic cat-and-mouse trading game that Lewis called a “rigged” system and others called “market making” may not have changed much. On the bright side, however, there have been no major technological meltdowns like the one that almost bankrupted Knight Capital Group Inc. or fouled Facebook Inc.’s initial public offering in 2012, or caused an almost 1,000-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2010.

Now today, that nascent confidence is being undermined in a big way after 67.78 trillion yen ($617 billion) of mistaken over-the-counter stock orders flooded Japan’s equity market. Don’t for a minute believe that the U.S. market structure is fine-tuned enough to avoid a similar situation, according to Larry Tabb, founder of research firm Tabb Group LLC.

“That could absolutely happen here,” Tabb said in an e-mail. “While we do have circuit breakers and pre-trade checks for items executed on exchange, I do not believe that there are any such checks on block trades negotiated bi-laterally and are just displayed to the market.”


Just a month ago, a technical error at CME Group Inc. prompted a four-hour trading halt at the world’s largest futures market, preventing buying and selling of contracts tied to major stock indexes, Treasuries, oil and gold. In May, a trading error at Barclays Plc caused split-second swings in dozens of U.S. stocks including AOL Inc. and Caterpillar Inc., people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News at the time.

No human system is perfect and every day computer systems that interact with the markets are being upgraded and modified, said James Angel, a Georgetown University finance professor who studies market-structure issues.

“As Darth Vader said in one of the Star Wars movies, ‘Don’t put all your faith in technology,’” Angel said in an e-mail.
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Don't forget who is long (and looking for a greater fool to dump to)...

In case you didn't think everything around you was a business plan....

Thanks to Whitney for this url. -AK
Parking meter 'Robin Hooders' facing NH Supreme Court

Posted: Oct 06, 2014 12:05 PM WEST
Updated: Oct 06, 2014 12:21 PM WEST

KEENE, N.H. ( -- New Hampshire's highest court will decide a battle over the actions of activists upset at meter maids in Keene.

According to the union leader, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in the case of the so-called "Robin Hooders".

They are six people accused of walking around Keene with video cameras and spare change while filling expired parking meters before city employees can issue tickets.

The city sued the six suspects, claiming the group was interfering with the official duties of the parking enforcement officers.

A second suit asked for monetary damages.
Both claims were dismissed by a lower court. The city has appealed the decision.

Non-Earth facing solar filament erupts...
Floods in Arizona and Italy

AIG Sues Gov't Calling Bail-out Terms Unfair


...The lawsuit alleges the government’s $184.6 billion bailout was an illegal “taking” of sorts, exceeding the government’s authority. Greenberg believes that bailout money, which bought 92% of the company, was an unfairly low valuation. Even though Stewart pointed out that, at the time of the bailout, AIG was only valued at $15.4 billion, the CEO’s lawyer alleged that the government’s actions were tantamount to “extortion.”
“As a general rule, your better extortionists, your better kidnappers extract money from their victim,” Stewart mocked. “You never hear this — ‘Hey, listen, if you ever want to see your precious little doggy again, you’re going to take the $184 billion and once you get the money, we will also give you your dog back!”

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