Google's right to be forgotten form launched after EU ruling

Google has been inundated with thousands of requests to remove users’ data following a controversial ruling by the European Union to back a ‘right to be forgotten’.

The new ruling states that Google must remove links to information considered outdated, inaccurate or irrelevant from its search results to comply with the landmark ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

But the court’s decision only applies to the removal of links from Google search results and does not cover the removal of information from specific websites.

Google posted a web form last week that allows European citizens to request the removal of links to information about individuals. Requests must include a name, contact details, the Google search links considered for removal, and an explanation how the link is irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate.

The move by Google comes after the Court of Justice of the European Union upheld a 1995 European law on data protection.

However the ruling does not mean that information will be deleted, only that the link appearing in search results will be removed. Google can also reject a removal application if information is considered to be in the public interest.

*The rules for Local World websites remain the same, in that we only have the obligation to remove inaccurate information, or with regard to criminal convictions, that it can be demonstrated to be a ‘spent offence’.

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