In May last year, Google announced it would grant individuals the right to remove certain information about themselves from Google’s search database. The move was a controversial one, with many people voicing their concerns about giving criminals the ability to effectively hide their misdeeds from the public.
Of course, removing content from Google doesn’t remove a person’s history from public record, only from Google search, but given the majority of internet search queries still pass through Google’s circuits, such removal creates a significant blind spot for people investigating a person’s history.
Now, more than a year removed from the announcement, Google has released figures on exactly how many “right to be forgotten” requests it’s received, along with an outline of the nature of such requests.
Google’s decision to allow “right to be forgotten” requests was the result of a case brought before the European Union – a Spanish man found himself in financial difficulty in the late nineties and was forced to sell his assets in order to pay back debts owed to the state.
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