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Google reveals which countries have used the 'right to be forgotten'

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techbeck    4,979

Google's finding that a lot of people have things they'd rather others forget about. In just about the first month and half that it was accepting requests for links to be removed under Europe's controversial new "right to be forgotten law," Google says that it received over 91,000 submissions, asking that over 328,000 links be removed. Google doesn't say exactly how many of those requests it's fulfilled ? and it sounds as though it hasn't even gotten to take a look at all of them yet either ? but it does say that of those that it's looked at, just over half of the links have been accepted and removed.


The transparency comes in a letter Google sent today to a group of European data protection agencies that requested information on how it was responding to these removal requests. Google's answers aren't particularly enlightening, largely detailing how its request form works. Google doesn't, for instance, explain precisely how it determines what is an irrelevant link ? which wouldn't legally have to be removed ? as opposed to a relevant link, which would have to be removed.



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