Just last month we’ve seen how Google decided to put their guards on a payroll and remove any third-party contractors. Today, we’ve got more Google news and this time, it might concern you directly. Google has removed more than 170,000 links from its search engine, after the European Right to be Forgotten is instated.
Right to be Forgotten
The Right to be Forgotten is a ruling in Europe that says people have a right to request that information about them be removed from Google’s search engine. Basically, if when you were in college did something completely idiotic that somehow ended up online, you can write Google about it and ask it to remove the link from its search engine. If Google thinks that the information is in any way harmful to you, it will do so.
It was revealed that Google has received about 150,000 requests to remove links in Europe, which amount to almost 500,000 URLs.
The Right to be Forgotten ruling happened in May and it was taken by the European Court of Justice. Google has since removed 171,183 URLs, which amount to about 41% of all the requests received from the countries in the European Union. The rest of the requests weren’t considered fit for removal, which sparked heated debates about what is fit to be removed.
Many people, Internet freedom advocates especially, seem to believe that the Right to be Forgotten is a horrible solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist. The country with the most requests for link removal is France, followed by Germany, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands.
The most links removed came from Facebook, not YouTube, as many would have guessed.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you believe that the Right to be Forgotten should be applied here in the U.S.? Drop us a line in the comment section below and tell us about it.