Google has brought a new request form to comply with EU’s ruling of ‘right to be forgotten’ that allows individuals to request for a removal of harmful information from the Search Engine and in one day after offering the tool, Google gets over 12,000 requests and the action to be taken individually and off course, manually by human employees of the company!
On Saturday, Google’s spokesperson revealed these requests’ numbers in Germany and it seems Google is still getting around 20 requests per minute across the European territories.
As we expected before, Google had to bring this tool as in May, the EU court ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten”. Following the ruling Google has been receiving several requests from Europeans, including criminals for removing links pointing to their crimes. The ruling meant that people have the right to request search engines to remove search results which they feel is irrelevant and outdated.
Meanwhile, Germans are more concerned about their irrelevant information being showed up in search results and out of 10 requests, 4 are from Germany. Even the individuals from Spain and Britain are also rushing to get their links removed from the search engines.
Some of the initial removal requests under ‘right to be forgotten’ were those of an actor with an affair with a teenager, a man convicted for child pornography, a physician with many negative reviews, a misbehaved politician and the list goes on.
However, Google CEO took time to warn the EU court’s ruling by saying that the decision could empower dictators in future. In an interview with the Financial Times, Larry Page said:
“It will be used by other governments that aren’t as forward and progressive as Europe to do bad things. Other people are going to pile on, probably… for reasons most Europeans would find negative.”
He also stated that if the problems are being removed from search engines, it will stifle innovation and adversely affect small startup companies to find the information related to the mistakes of others.
Although Google uses software to find and remove millions of copyright links and resources from its search engines as well as other partnering websites, this time it will be using the real humans to do the job, individually.
“When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.”
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
Not only Google, but Yahoo and Bing should also adhere to the law and bring a solution to comply with the EU court’s ruling. Yahoo has already released a statement about developing a similar tool for link removals, while Microsoft is still hoping of a balance between privacy and freedom of expression by data protection authorities.