Google begins removing search results in right to be forgotten cases

Google has started to remove 'right to be forgotten' search results

Google has started removing search results if individuals have requested it to, following the landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling by the European Court of Justice in May.

Google posted an online form in late May allowing people to make a case for removal, and tens of thousands responded. Now, according to reports, the listings are starting to be removed.

A Google spokesman confirmed the news to The Boston Globe. We have asked the local office to confirm to V3 but have not yet received a response.

Google is “starting to take action on the removals requests that we’ve received”, according to Brussels-based spokesman Al Verney. “Each request has to be assessed individually, and we’re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue,” he said.

Where content has been removed Google will display a note that explains that this is because of European data-protection laws, while a link offers users the opportunity to learn more.

Google has information pages about the process and an FAQ explains the search engine’s reaction to the ruling and its efforts to comply with an industry-changing decision.

“Since this ruling was published on 13 May 2014, we’ve been working round the clock to comply. This is a complicated process because we need to assess each individual request and balance the rights of the individual to control his or her personal data with public’s right to know and distribute information,” it said.

“The ruling constitutes a significant change for search engines. While we are concerned about its impact, we also believe it’s important to respect the court’s judgment and are working hard to devise a process that complies with the law.”

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