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Google has forgotten 'more than 100,000' links following ECJ ruling

Firm reportedly accepts 'the majority' of takedown requests
Fri Jul 25 2014, 12:47

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY HAS REMOVED "more than 100,000" links since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) "right to be forgotten" ruling came into effect in May.

The Wall Street Journal reports the figure, which comes just a day after Google, along with Microsoft and Yahoo, met with European data regulators to discuss the search engines' handling of the ruling.

The report claims that Google has removed "the majority" of such requests, a number that could exceed the 100,000 mark.

Google has yet to confirm this number, but reportedly confirmed during yesterday's meeting in Brussels that it has rejected just over 30 percent of the requests it has received, while the Wall Street Journal reported that the firm has approved "more than 50 percent" of the requests.

Requests so far have reportedly come from 91,000 individuals and cover over more than 328,000 URLs, the report noted, adding that not all requests so far have been processed.

Of these requests, 17,500 came from France, 16,500 from Germany and 12,000 from the UK. The source added that 8,000 requests came from Spain, 7,500 from Italy and a further 5,000 from the Netherlands.

While Google reportedly having removed more than 50 percent of links will likely ease regulators' concerns, it probably will not go down well with free-speech advocates.

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the UK Society of Editors wasn't pleased, telling the Wall Street Journal, "It you let this go without protest, then it will creep.

"This passion for privacy will creep into law across Europe and erode the freedom of speech." µ


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