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Google receives 'over 1,000' takedown requests following ECJ ruling

Likely not happy about it
Fri May 16 2014, 16:07
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GOOGLE HAS RECEIVED over 1,000 requests from individuals who want links filtered out of its search results following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) 'right to be forgotten' ruling on Tuesday.

That's according to Sky News, which has heard that Google has received a large number of takedown requests after the ruling.

According to its sources, these requests come from "a business wanting to remove forum posts about it cheating customers, a man who tried to kill his family asking for the news story not to be linked to, and a convicted cyber stalker requesting for a story mentioning his name to be dropped".

The requests are not all so alarming, with the report adding that an invididual "who committed fraud on a technicality" and another who received a negative review, have also been in touch with Google to get links removed.

It is not clear where Sky got its information, and we have contacted Google to confirm it.

This likely hasn't gone down well with Google, however. Earlier this week, Google chairman Eric Schmidt voiced his opposition to the ECJ ruling, blasting it as downright wrong.

He called the ruling "a collision between the right to be forgotten and the right to know", saying, "From Google's perspective, that's a balance," adding, "Google believes, having looked at the decision which is binding, that the balance that was struck was wrong."

Google SVP of corporate development and chief legal officer David Drummond chipped in too, saying, "We think it went too far, and didn't consider adequately the impact on free expression, which is absolutely a human right."

It doesn't have much choice, however, with the ECJ ruling meaning that firms like Google might be required to remove links referring to people if they object to them, meaning that individuals can legally force search providers to do so if information is erroneous, misleading or no longer relevant. µ


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