Google begins removing 'right to be forgotten' search links
Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 27/06/2014 18:16
Google has begun removing search links to content in Europe under the "right to be forgotten" ruling, which obliges it not to point to web pages with "outdated or irrelevant" information about individuals.
Searches made on Google's services in Europe using peoples' names includes a section at the bottom with the phrase "Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe", and a link to a page explaining the ruling by the European court of justice (ECJ) in May 2014.
Google starts filtering European search results for 'right to be forgotten' requests
The Internet may never truly forget, but Google is starting to. The tech giant began filtering out results for some users under Europe's new "right to be forgotten" Thursday. The action comes in response to the ruling in May by the European Union's top court that individuals have the right to request the removal of embarrassing Internet search results tied to their names.
"This week, we're starting to take action on the removals requests that we've received," a Google company statement said. "This is a new process for us," the company said, noting that each request must be individually processed. The company declined to comment on the number of removal requests it has received so far or how many have been processed. It started accepting requests via a webform shortly after the initial ruling.