Google’s new EU-mandated link removal form attracts over 12,000 requests in the first day

Google’s new EU-mandated link removal form attracts over 12,000 requests in the first day

Google received more than 12,000 requests from individuals looking to remove search results from the European versions of its search engine hours after publishing a court-mandated online form on Friday, Reuters reports.

The form complies with European Data Protection Law’s “right to be forgotten” by providing a way for people to have outdated and irrelevant online information pulled. Earlier this month, Google lost a lawsuit brought by a man seeking to have links to decade-old debt proceedings removed from the search engine.

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A Google spokesperson told Reuters that the ruling requires the company to make “difficult judgements” with the information. Google’s form indicates that it will look for a potential “public interest,” such as outing financial scams, malpractice and criminal convictions, when deciding whether to comply with a request.

➀ Google in quandary over how to uphold EU privacy ruling [Reuters]

See also: Google introduces an online form to let EU users request the removal of outdated links

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