Google starts removing certain search results after Europe's 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Google starts removing certain search results after Europe's 'right to be forgot

In compliance with the European Court of Justice's landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling in May, Internet search giant Google has started removing some search results.

With the European Court's ruling giving Internet users the right to request the search engines to remove outdated and inappropriate results which turn up when their names are searched, Google had opened an online request form for "right to be forgotten" requests. Within four days of the opening of the form, the company received as many as 41,000 requests from all across Europe.

Google has now started implementing the removals of certain search results, after the company's engineers updated its technical infrastructure. On Thursday, Google began sending out the first emails to users who has requested the company to take down certain links.

Revealing that only a small number of "right to be forgotten" requests have initially been processed, Google said that each link-removal request is being evaluated by a dedicated "removals team" which has been hired by the company to implement the removal requests.

Noting that Google has started "to take action on removals requests that we've received," a company spokesperson said: "This is a new process for us. Each request has to be assessed individually and we're working as quickly as possible to get through the queue."


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