Google’s “right to be forgotten” has seen 328,000 URLs pulled down following some 91,000 requests from European citizens. The first day of the saw 12,000 requests roll in.
The continued action comes as a result of the May decision by the European Court. The goal was to have outdated or irrelevant articles about a person removed from search results in Europe. Google has installed a team and a kind of council to field requests and decide what is irrelevant and what is information that should stay.
While there has been a lot of talk about Google in relation to the “right to be forgotten” policy, the European Union has included Yahoo and Bing in its requests to participate with Microsoft putting in its own system to fielding removal requests. There has been a good deal of push back about the European Union’s push to clean out unfavorable material about citizens with the “right to be forgotten” being viewed as “censoring history” by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. Wales is also on the advisory committee of Google’s program.
Currently Google has removed search results in around 51 percent of requests. The company is said to not just remove content because a request is put in and has demanded more information for 15 percent of requests.