Google is extending the reach of the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling to ensure that people accessing any of Google’s global search engines from within Europe can’t find results removed under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, according to the BBC.
Since May 2014 people in Europe have been able to request information about them to be removed from search engines, including Google. However, while Google has been complying with these requests – taking down around half a million by November last year – there was a simple workaround to see these results – wherever you’re based in the world, just go to Google.com instead of your local domain.
According to reports at the end of 2014, even back then the European Union was requesting Google to remove the results from its sites around the world.
The BBC says Google will put the change into effect from “mid-February” and we’ve asked Google for confirmation, but that sounds like any time in the next few days then.
Users outside of Europe still see the same, unedited results when visiting any of Google’s search engines.