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Rein in Google, say web users

Almost two thirds of internet users want governments to do more to force Google to comply with rules on privacy and use of personal data.

More than three quarters (79pc) of internet users are concerned about their online privacy, according to the survey commissioned by the Big Brother Watch group.

The analysis comes after Google was last week threatened with criminal proceedings by the UK information watchdog after further personal data unlawfully collected by its Street View cars was discovered.


Bad weather hampered efforts yesterday to evacuate thousands of people stranded in the northern India state of Uttarakhand, where at least 1,000 people have died in monsoon flooding and landslides.

The army resumed helicopter flights to rescue stranded people late yesterday after rain stopped and dense fog lifted in the Himalayan region.

Thousands of people were still stranded in high mountain passes in the temple town of Badrinath and rescue efforts were concentrated on getting them to safety.


Comedian and actor Hugh Laurie has discussed plans for a reunion with Stephen Fry, but says the pair are too old to go back to the sketch shows where they made their names.

The star said the pair struck up a "pretty instantaneous" friendship when they met at university.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4, he said: "I think probably sketching is a young man's game because, by and large, it's about mocking people much older than you."