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Google offers Europeans a right to be forgotten form to fill out

Follows 'thousands' of takedown requests
Fri May 30 2014, 09:40
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GOOGLE has produced a form that Europeans can use to request the infamously tricky "right to be forgotten".

The firm has released guidance and a form that punters can use to state their case and request for unlinking.

Google said that this is an early attempt to comply with the European Court of Justice decision, and one that it expects to work on with data protection authorities over time.

"In implementing this decision, we will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public's right to know and distribute information," it said.

"When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there's a public interest in the information - for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials."

Users that want to be stripped from Google will have to provide some information and at least one kind of photo ID. Photo ID is needed to help Google make sure that applications are not fraudulent. Only Europeans can apply, it is free to apply, and Google said that it will do what it can on a case to case basis.

Users are expected to put in their name and the links that they would like to be removed from internet search results, and there is room for more than one link. Spouses or legal representatives can also apply to have links removed.

Google has apparently reluctantly reacted to the European decision and has at various times said that it will be rather difficult to manage. As soon as the "right to be forgotten" was announced, the internet search firm received 'over 1,000' demands. µ


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