Google begins implementation of its project 'Right to be Forgotten'
As if you never existed...
Google has launched a webpage for European citizens to be able to formally request that links to information about them be removed from search results. It is the first step to comply with a court ruling affirming the "right to be forgotten".
The company, which actually processes more than 90% of all web searches in Europe, has made available a webform through which people can submit their requests – however has not yet specified when it will remove links (that meet the criteria for being taken down in the first place).
Google convened a "committee of senior executives and independent experts" to try and craft a long-term approach to dealing with what is expected to be a barrage of requests from people in the EU...
"In implementing this decision we will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public's right to know and distribute information," states the page.
Google has also stated – in the form – that when evaluating requests it will consider whether the results include "outdated information about a person, as well as whether there is a public interest in the information, such as information about professional malpractice, criminal convictions and the public conduct of government officials."
To make a request a person must submit a digital copy of an official identification, such as a valid driver's licence, and select from a drop-down menu the appropriate European country whose law applies to the request.