Thanks to the relevant legislation in European law, any Internet user can ask Google to remove personal data from search results. Since 2014, the European Court of Justice has ordered the search giant to remove about 2.5 million links.
What is the right to be forgotten?
In May 2014, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling, which stated that EU citizens have the right to ask search services to remove information about them. This is the so-called right to be forgotten. According to Google, in order for a person to exercise this right, information about him must be recognized as "inaccurate or not true." You should also consider whether the information is of interest to the public.
From 2014 to 2017, Google received more than 650 thousand requests to remove 2.4 million links. 43.8% URL was successfully removed. Most often, users demand to remove their data from catalogs (19.1%), news resources (17.7%) and social media services (11.6%).
Most of the requests come to delete information about professional activity (18%), user-generated content (7.7%), data on the commission of crimes (6.1%) and allegations of abuse of office (5.5%).
Most often, applications for data deletion are submitted by individuals (89%). The remaining 11% are politicians, corporate owners and public figures.
Can Google deny the right to be forgotten?
Yes, it can. Each application is considered individually. The refusal may be justified by the technical impossibility of deletion or by the fact that the information is of public importance. Data on recent crimes is not deleted if the defendant was found guilty or if the crime is serious.
What were the successful deletions?
When did Google refuse to remove URLs?
All of these requests were denied.
If Google approves the application, does this mean that information about the incident will disappear completely from the Internet?
No. The right to be forgotten only means that links to the page will be removed from search results. The materials themselves will remain on the sites, and if desired, other users can still find them.
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