The European Court of Justice rules in favour of United States search engine Google in a landmark right to be forgotten case, rejecting a French privacy regulator's argument that Google should apply the rules to its results and domains globally and not only within the European Union.
Google announces that it is setting aside $750 million in land and $250 million in financing to encourage developers in the San Francisco area to build and rehabilitate housing, in order to ease the homeless crisis in a region where Google has 45,000 employees.
Alphabet Inc. announces Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who has been chief executive of Google-Alphabet since 2001, will step down in January 2018. Schmidt will continue to serve on Alphabet's board of directors.
Pakistan lifts a three-year ban on YouTube after Google launches a local version that allows the government to demand removal of material it considers to be offensive. Similar systems have existed in China for many years.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Director of National Intelligence reach a preliminary joint agreement, likely resolving a lawsuit with the major American Internet provider companies (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn), about the information the companies can release to customers regarding requests by the intelligence agencies for information.
The Chinese military and several schools deny involvement in cyber attacks on Google, following a "New York Times" report cited investigators linking Lanxiang Vocational School and Shanghai Jiaotong University to the attacks.