UK, third highest links removed with ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ ruling

Recently Google released several stats detailing that it had removed 498,737 links from search results since May this year, of which 63,616 requests were from the UK. This being the third highest country to do this inside of the EU.

The Right To Be Forgotten” law follows a European Court of Justice ruling that links to irrelevant and outdated data can be erased on request. This ruling has sparked a vast amount of criticism on the internet detailing that it could be used in the censorship of information.

Google recently released a transparency report which detailed examples of cases that had and have not been removed from there seach result, below are a few:

It said it had turned down requests from a UK public official who wanted a link to a student organisation’s petition demanding his removal taken down.

Google also rejected the request of a former clergyman from the UK who asked for two links to articles about an investigation into sexual abuse accusations about him to be removed.

It said a UK “media professional” had requested the removal of four links to articles reporting on “embarrassing content he posted to the internet”, a request the search engine also turned down.

A doctor had requested more than 50 links to newspaper articles about a botched procedure be removed, it said.

Google said “three pages that contained personal information about the doctor but did not mention the procedure have been removed from search results for his name”, but “the rest of the links to reports on the incident remain in search results”.

It said a news summary of a man who was convicted at a magistrates’ court had been removed as, under the UK Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, his conviction had been spent.

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