Google is embarking on a seven meeting European tour, which began on Tuesday in Madrid, to discuss the future of Internet privacy. Google is debating the balance between privacy and the free flow of information on the internet in light of the application of the “right to be forgotten”. In a previous blog, we have discussed the opinion of Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the “right to be forgotten”, in Google Spain v AEPC.

Google’s advisory panel at the meeting comprises of eight representatives from outside Google, including a former German justice minister and two academics, Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder and vocal critic of the “right to be forgotten”, United Nations human rights official Frank La Rue, Sylvie Kauffmann, editorial director of France’s Le Monde newspaper, Joes-Luis Pinar, Spain’s data protection regulator from 2002 to 2007, Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

The council met in Rome yesterday, will next meet Paris on 25 September, Warsaw on 30 September, Berlin on 14 October, and London on 16 October, before concluding in Brussels on 4 November.

Google is streaming all Advisory Council sessions online.