Over 12,000 Attempt To Be Forgotten From Google’s Search Results

Over 12,000 Attempt To Be Forgotten From Google's Search Results

Google launched its service that would allow for people in Europe to be “forgotten” when it came to the company’s well known Google Search. On day one of the opening doors for requests, Google saw a turn out from 12,000 people.

The service was put into action following a European Court of Justice ruling in May. The decision allows for people to request that outdated or inaccurate articles and links be removed from results.

The requirements that rest on the shoulders of people seeking to be “forgotten” include proving that the article or link is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed”. An actual explanation must be included as to why content should be removed as well as photo identification.

Material won’t be removed entirely and a notice will state that results were changed for legal reasons. According to Google, requests will be sifted through by actual staff and a group will be set up specifically to handle the service. The advisory committee will include Eric Schmidt, a former Google chief executive, Oxford Internet Institute ethics professor Luciano Floridi, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

“This is a disappointing ruling for search engines and online publishers in general,” said a Google spokesperson. “We are very surprised that it differs so dramatically from the advocate general’s opinion and the warnings and consequences that he spelled out. We now need to take time to analyze the implications.”

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Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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