Google faces deluge of requests to wipe details from search index

Hundreds of people including an ex-politician seeking re-election, a paedophile and a doctor have applied to have details about them wiped from Google’s search index since a landmark ruling in Europe on Tuesday.The deluge of claims trying to exercise the “right to be forgotten” follows a decision by Europe’s highest court, which said that in some cases the right to privacy of individuals outweighs the freedom of search engines to link to information about them although the information itself can remain on web pages. see:Politician and paedophile ask Google to ‘be forgotten’
Google has received fresh takedown requests after a European court ruled that an individual could force it to remove “irrelevant and outdated” search results, the BBC has learned.An ex-politician seeking re-election has asked to have links to an article about his behaviour in office removed.A man convicted of possessing child abuse images has requested links to pages about his conviction to be wiped. European Court Decision, Google Works on a Tool to Remove Links
Google will announce by the end of the month a mechanism for consumers to request that links to information about them be removed from the company’s search engine, a leading European regulator said on Thursday. It was one of the first signs that Google was working through how to operate after a court ruling said consumers could make such requests.Ulrich Kühn, ​head of the technical department at Hamburg’s data protection regulator, one of Germany’s leading data protection agencies, said that the details of the mechanism still had to be finalized. But a basic online tool for people to ask Google to take down potentially harmful links would be in place in about two weeks, he said. already fielding requests from EU ‘right to be forgotten’ decision, report says
The consequences week’s European court decision affirming the “right to be forgotten” online may have already started affecting search engines there.Europe’s highest court said Tuesday that individual Web users there can demand that Google remove links to embarrassing personal information online; the court did make exceptions for public figures and in cases where removing links to the information would go against the public interest.

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