14th February 2016

Google Globalizes 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Content under 'right to be forgotten' ruling will be removed from all versions of Google.


Previously, 'right to be forgotten' content was only blocked by versions of Google being used in the EU.

This meant that information searched for using international versions of Google could still be found.

However, Google has now chosen to remove all results under the 'right to be forgotten' ruling from all international versions of it's search engine.

This will include Google.com, when content is searched for in countries that the 'right to be forgotten' ruling was given.

Google will block selected content when a European IP address is detected.

 

Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch, a privacy campaign group, Renate Samon said: "The move by Google to ensure 'right to be forgotten' across European versions of Google offers reassurance to the thousands of regular, ordinary citizens who have sought the right for inaccurate or out-of-date content about them to be blocked from Google's searches," she said.

"Whilst right to be forgotten remains a controversial issue, it is a key part of the new European General Data Protection Regulations set to be in place within the next couple of years. Google's move therefore is a necessary step in the direction of improved data protection."

Google has received over 380, 000 requests for content to be 'forgotten'. 42% of these requests have been approved.
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