Following European Court of Justice order that people should be allowed to remove links on request, Google has created a webpage to receive request to remove irrelevant links.
We’ve earlier reported about Google’s possible launch of link removal toolbar and it proved to be true now. European nationals can fill out a form the webpage and submit links that are needed to be removed. The removed links would apply only to the search results in Europe while the links will be visible on search results of other countries.
Google’s move comes after it had to comply with the European court’s ruling that search engines must remove links if a user finds the link irrelevant and wants them removed. Other search engines like Microsoft’s Bing will also have to comply with the court’s ruling.
“If you have a removal request, please fill out the form below. Please note that this form is an initial effort. We look forward to working closely with data protection authorities and others over the coming months as we refine our approach,” said Google.
The internet form would apply to 28 European countries including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. However Google might consider non-Europeans if a European endorses on the person’s behalf. Users filling the form must provide an ID proof and the links that must be removed. The ruling has caused an argument between a section of people who feel that the move will affect free speech and others who support the ‘Right to be forgotten’. Experts had expected that Google would provide the option every country where it operates but chose to comply with the court’s ruling.
For Google to evaluate your request, you must do these:
- Provide the URL for each link appearing in a Google search for your name that you request to be removed. (The URL can be taken from your browser bar after clicking on the search result in question).
- Explain, if not clear, why the linked page is about you (or, if you are submitting this form on behalf of someone else, the person named above).
- Explain how this URL in search results is irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate