You might be familiar that Europe introduced a “Right To Be Forgotten” law in 2014, which was supposed to help users to ask search to remove data or information which is irrelevant or leads to any personal identity. Since then search engine giant Google has received more than 2.4 million requests for the same, as per the transparency report released by the company. The report also says that the company didn’t honor all of them, but around 43.3-percent of them was taken seriously and was solved timely.
The company also said that they would start adding more data from the past two years since its reviewers began annotated URL submissions manually. Also, the company will detail the bifurcation of the takedown requests, associated websites and the delisting rates, i.e., the speed at which it moves content when asked.
The data of “Right To Be Forgotten” claim report reveals that out of all 24-percent of them was of “professional information,” 10-percent was for “Self-authored,” 8 percent was for “Crime accounts” and “professional wrongdoing” for seven-percent of the submissions.
As according to the officials, a third of all the requests were tied to directory services and social media. And rest was associated with legal history information found either on news article or at government websites. Google served the option of “right to be forgotten” for requesting delisting or deletion of inaccurate, irrelevant, inadequate or excessive content found on the search engine. And if the request serves in public interest by being available in search results, then the company might not consider that request.
Google shared the transparency report to showcase how they consider these requests and how the user is using the option of “right to be forgotten.” The opportunity to request for deletion or delist personal or harmful information is used in all the aspect. This serves as an option for the user to secure his/her information if it is available on the search engine without any his/her knowledge.