Google reveals figures on 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google says the number of requests under the right to be forgotten has increased.

Published Date
01 - Aug - 2014
| Last Updated
01 - Aug - 2014
 
Google reveals figures on 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google has revealed how it is implementing the “Right to be forgotten” as per the recent European Union (EU) directives. The Internet giant also revealed country-wise figures on the most requests.

According to Google, it has received as many as 5500 requests made under Dutch law, while 7500 Italian law and 8000 under Spanish laws. From the UK, Google received 12,000 requests referring to around 44,000 URLs. Germany stands second with 16,500 requests in reference to around 57,000 URLs. However, maximum requests came from France – about 17,500 requests referring to about 58,000 URLs.

Google says about 53 percent of all requests made across Europe have been delisted, while 32 percent requests have been denied.

Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer in a letter to an EU data protection committee says: "Some requests turn out to be made with false and inaccurate information. Even if requesters provide us with accurate information, they understandably may avoid presenting facts that are not in their favor."

Google's latest report comes days after the European Court of Justice directed the search engine company to allow users to raise requests for getting forgotten. The court ruled that users have the right to get links to information related to them on the web deleted from searches. Users can raise requests if the information about them is not accurate or outdated.

Source: HT