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Google Delete Search Results Requests Total 2.4 Million in Europe

Google Delete Search Results Requests Total 2.4 Million in Europe

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:08 AM

Google has received 2.4 million requests to delete search results in the last three years in accordance with European legislation that allows citizens to delist links, The Irish Times reported.

In 2014 a court ruled that search engines comply with requests by people in the European Union to have search results removed. This landmark decision has since become known as "the right to be forgotten," The Verge noted.

In a transparency report, Google noted that the decision enables users to submit their requests for removal and search engines must comply if the links are deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive."

Now Google has released a detailed breakdown of the demographics asking for data be erased, with 90 percent of all requests since January 2016 coming from private citizens, the bulk of whom reside in France, Germany and Britain, The Irish Times said.

In a research paper, Google noted that 33 percent of all delisting requests related to social media and directory services containing personal information, while 20 percent of requests were linked to news outlets and government websites, most of which stemmed from a requester's legal history.

Legislation will become more stringent in May, when the general data protection regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, giving citizens additional rights to request information to be deleted.

This presents companies with the challenging task of ensuring they comply with the regulation to avoid receiving heavy penalties.

According to guidelines set out on a website detailing the main elements of the GDPR, companies can be fined up to 4 percent of their annual global turnover for breaching the regulation by "not having sufficient customer consent to process data or violating the core of Privacy by Design concepts."

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