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This article was published on June 9, 2014


Google reportedly plans to alert European users of links removed by ‘right to be forgotten’ law

Google reportedly plans to alert European users of links removed by ‘right to be forgotten’ law Image by: JOEL SAGET
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

Google is reportedly taking steps to ensure its users in Europe know that certain search results have been removed due to a ruling made last month by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ).

The ruling declared that individuals should have the right to remove outdated information about themselves from search engine results, which led to Google introducing an online form for users to request the removal of outdated and damaging links.

According to The Guardian, Google is planning to include an indication on search result pages to let users know that links have been removed, similar to the way it handles search results that may lead to copyright-infringing content.

We previously understood that successfully-removed links will only be dropped from search results displayed on EU-specific versions of Google, but will still be visible on Google.com.

Google search results may indicate ‘right to be forgotten’ censorship [The Guardian]

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