Thursday, 26 June 2014

Google Begins Removing Search Results Beneath Europe's 'Right to be Forgotten

Google Inc. said Thursday that it has started removing results from its search engine under Europe's 
new “right to be forgotten" implementing a landmark may rulling by the European Union's top court that gives individuals the right to request
that search engines scrub results that turn up in
Internet searches for their own names.
Google engineers overnight updated the company's technical infrastructure to start implementing the removals, and the first emails to individuals, informing them that the links they had requested were being taken down, are going out on Thursday. Only a small number of the initial wave of requests have been processed.
Google has started to take action on requests to remove individuals' search results in Europe. Getty Images
"This week we're starting to take action on the removals requests that we've received," one Google spokesman 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."
As of nearly one month ago, Google had got more than 41,000 removal  request via a web form it had set up in response to the ruling, which said Google must weigh individuals' right to privacy against a public interest in having certain information available

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