Google receives 'forget me' requests, after EU ruling

Search engine expects 'flood of requests' after court decision

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Google receives 'forget me' requests, after EU ruling Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman for Google. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 15, 2014

Google inc is already having to deal with the impact of the European court’s ruling that people have “the right to be forgotten”.

According to Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter, Google is already receiving requests to remove "objectionable personal information" from its search engine and has yet to figure out how to handle an expected flood of requests after Tuesday's ruling.

The decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which affects the region's 500m citizens, requires that Google remove information deemed "inadequate or no longer relevant". Failure to do so can result in fines.

"There's many open questions," Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday in response to a question about the ruling and its implications on Google's operations.

"A simple way of understanding what happened here is that you have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know. From Google's perspective that's a balance," Schmidt said. "Google believes, having looked at the decision, which is binding, that the balance that was struck was wrong."

The ruling says that Europeans can submit take-down requests directly to Internet companies rather than to local authorities or publishers under the ruling. If a search engine elects not to remove the link, a person can seek redress from the courts.

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1831 days ago

What is the process and how long will it take - are these covered in the judgement ? If it takes years to do it then its a flawed case.

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