Google rejects 57% of all ‘The Right to be Forgotten’ demands

Costea Lestoc By: Costea Lestoc
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Google agreed to the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” also known as “the right to delist” rules for over three years now. That’s when the European Court of Justice introduced a law allowing citizens from Europe to request that their search results and data are erased.

Google’s latest annual Transparency Report unveils the fact that the company received 2.4 million such requests from 2014 until 2017. It seems that according to this report, the company denied 57% of these requests and agreed to 43%.

Google’s criteria for removing links

The company’s rules according to which it agrees or not to remove links are based on whether the data is in the public interest. “The right to be forgotten” ruling says that citizens from Europe have the chance to request the removal of inadequate/inaccurate/irrelevant/excessive information in order to maintain the right to privacy.

Another element which Google takes into consideration involves the requesters, and the company shows a breakdown of the requests that have been made by private and non-private users. The content of the request is classified into a few categories including personal data, crime, professional data, and also “name not found.”

When Google evaluates an URL for potential delisting, the company classifies the website that hosts the page as a news site, directory site, social media or others. And the last thing taken into consideration is the content delisting rate which is the rate at which Google delists content by category on a quarterly basis.


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Key statistics presented in Google’s Transparency Report

About 85% of requests came from private users. Usually, requests that are coming from private individuals are most likely to be granted.

Other statistics presented in Google’s report say that 0.25% of the people who file requests (about 1000 users) accounted for 15% of the URLs that were submitted for delisting. 51% of the total requests came from Germany, France, and the U.K. Users who issue such requests were mostly from reputation management companies and law firms.

You can check out the complete data in the Transparency Report to find out more about the right to privacy and the right to access lawful data online.

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