Google’s latest figures, released on Wednesday, showed no let up in the number of people asking the US-based search engine to be forgotten. A total of 348,085 requests for information to vanish from search results have been received since a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 which recognized EU citizens’ “right to be forgotten.” The company fought the ruling, claiming that the judgment opened the door to censorship. The number has grown almost 40 percent since Google last revealed “forget me” figures in May. The latest data revealed that a total of 1,234,092 URLs (website addresses) have been evaluated for removal. France leads The top country for removal requests was France, where officials have taken aim at the Internet giant over data protection issues, followed by Germany and Great Britain. More than 73,000 requests have been received from French Internet users and slightly less than half have been removed. Across Europe, around 58 percent of requests were been rejected, Google said, adding that it bases its decisions on criteria intended to balance privacy with the public’s right to know. To be evaluated under the “right to be forgotten” rules, users in Europe must fill in an online form… Read full this story
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