NEWS30 May 2014

Google offers link removal form to comply with EU ‘right to be forgotten’

Europe Government News

US — Google has created an online form for people to make search removal requests, as “an initial effort” to comply with the European Court of Justice’s recent ruling upholding a ‘right to be forgotten’ online.


The form allows individuals to list which links they wish to remove from search results tied to their names, with space to explain why the information is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed”.

This in line with the Court of Justice ruling, which centred on the case of a Spanish national who wanted to prevent references to an old news story appearing alongside his name. The story concerned legal proceedings that had been resolved.

Google says that in evaluating removal requests, it will “attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public’s right to know and distribute information”.

“When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information — for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials,” the company explains.