Google gets 12,000 requests to be 'forgotten' on first day

The Google logo pictured on a wall at the entrance of the internet giant's offices in Brussels on February 5, 2014
The Google logo pictured on a wall at the entrance of the internet giant's offices in Brussels on February 5, 2014

Google received 12,000 requests from people seeking to be "forgotten" by the world's leading search engine on the first day it offered the service, a company spokesman in Germany said Saturday.

The requests, submitted on Friday, came after Google set up an online form to allow Europeans to request the removal of results about them from Internet searches.

The number confirms earlier estimates given by the German daily Der Spiegel and reported in other media.

Earlier in May the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches in certain circumstances, such as if the data is outdated or inaccurate.

Google said that each request would be examined individually to gauge whether it met the ruling's criteria.

The US-based Internet giant declined to estimate how long it might take for the links to disappear, saying factors such as whether requests are clear-cut will affect how long it takes.

The ruling on the right to be forgotten comes amid growing concern in Europe about individuals' ability to protect their and manage their reputations online.


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May 31, 2014
What they don't mention is that ~70% were for people with frauds and scams, violent crimes, child pornography, government and police, and celebrities. None of these are covered by the new law.

See http://arstechnic...-clever/ for the full list.

So I'm wondering exactly how many they're actually going to process now, whether it's the 12000 given here (doubtful, IMHO), or significantly smaller.

Jun 01, 2014
^ Typical NSA worshipers.

You gave Tipped and Bob a one-star rating. Why? Because they had the temerity to comment?

Jun 01, 2014
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Jun 01, 2014
^ Typical NSA worshipers.

I'm personally appalled by the NSA's flagrant violations of our constitutional rights.
I'm left wondering why you jump to that conclusion in a response that has nothing to do with the NSA and in an article that says nothing about the NSA.

Most of my statements above were based on data. Admittedly, that data was from Google, which may be falsified, but I trust that they're not being intentionally malicious. That usually ends badly for companies, especially in the EU.
My opinion, which I made clear was my opinion, was largely based on my knowledge of internet savvieness of the typical American, which is pretty low. Perhaps it is higher in the EU, I honestly don't know. If you have any data which is contrary to my opinion, I would appreciate it if you shared it.

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