August 6, 2022
Google delisted

Google Delisted About 860,000 EU Links Over ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Over the past three years, Google delisted around 860,000 linked from its search results, in an attempt to comply with the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’…

Since the Court of Justice of the European Union or CJEU ruling three years ago, search giant Google delisted about 43 percent of 2 million links. The company states it evaluated 720,000 delisting requests during those three years. However, two fundamental issues are now under consideration in two of Europe’s highest courts, according to an official blog post, written by Peter Fleischer, Senior Privacy Counsel.

Google Removed Approximately 860,000 EU Links Over ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Fleischer explains the process is not simple or without controversy. And the two fundamental issues further complicate the matter. First is, “…whether people have an absolute right to request removal of lawfully published, but sensitive, personal data from search results.  Or whether, as is the case now, search engines should continue to balance the public interest in access to information with the individual’s right to privacy.”

In 2016, four individuals requested the French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty to review Google’s decisions about certain links to webpages about them. The French CNIL agreed with Google.

The other fundamental issue before the courts is whether or not to extend the right to be forgotten beyond the EU. Fleischer argues this is dangerous because it would, “…set a grave precedent. There would quickly be a race to the bottom as other countries, perhaps less open and democratic than France, ordered Google to remove search links for every citizen in every other country of the world.”

Fleischer states Google did not agree with the decision which gave EU citizens the right to be forgotten. But also explains the search engine has worked hard to comply. Back in February, Google and Bing agreed to fight UK piracy search results, which lead to pages to download intellectual property without proper permission.

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Owen E. Richason IV

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