Google recently stated that 53% of the roughly 91,000 requests to “be forgotten” have seen content removed from search results. Now with the difficulty of deciding what is and isn’t in public interest, Google is looking at public opinion about the Europe-based policy.
Google has said that the process of sorting through everything is often thwarted by the very people requesting to be removed not being forthcoming with important information. The information mentioned ranges from pieces that could help identify them from another person with the same name to recent criminal history.
To put Google’s progress with the “right to be forgotten” policy into perspective, so far 328,000 plus URLs have been removed from search results in Europe. France makes up the largest amount of requests with 17,500. Germany saw about 16,500 and Great Britain with 12,000.
The Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten has announced that it will be holding a series of public council meetings to debate the policy. Taking place in the late summer-late fall in major European cities, the meetings will ride on evidence and opinions gathered from public webform survey which ends August 11.
The move could be viewed as an attempt to make the “right to be forgotten” seem even vaguer and drum up support against it. While the webform lays everything out in a short, easy to consume format, another way to look at advisory council’s line of questioning is:
- What counts as necessary information to pull?
- Where does right to privacy end and the public’s right to information begin?
- Should the public know what is being pulled and how much was pulled?
- Will government provided information be on the chopping block?
- Is any of this totally necessary?
The results could also be used when arguing their point on the use for “right to be forgotten” to the European Court. After a screening process of sorts, witnesses will be pulled from the webform results to provide testimony and evidence.
The advisory council public meetings run on select days in the coming months:
- 9/9: Madrid, Spain
- 9/10: Rome, Italy
- 9/25: Paris, France
- 9/30: Warsaw, Poland
- 10/14: Berlin, Germany
- 10/16: London, UK
- 11/4: Brussels, Belgium
SOURCE: Tech Crunch