Mountain View, California – Tech giant Google has begun to edit search results as per the request of citizens of the European Union in full compliance with the European Court of Justice which affirmed that its citizens have a “right to be forgotten”. Lest anyone think that the right to be forgotten is executed promptly, think again. Google affirmed it already has a backlog of 50,000 individual requests and the backlog occurred on day one the program’s launch. People are able to submit their requests online, but it takes a human being to examine each case and render a decision as to whether Google will concur and edit out the information from subsequent searches.
Al Verney, the company’s European spokesman, confirmed that each request must be handled by a human being. For now, Google is mum about what percentage of requests are considered “questionable” due to being either irrelevant, no longer relevant, or inadequate. The European Court of Justice made such an allowance for the company in its ruling. Various European agencies which monitor data protection issues are being objective as to the handling of the requests and fully understand that petitions will fall into three categories: legitimate, illegitimate, and iffy or questionable.
Not everyone favors the high court’s ruling. Some claim that criminals will seek to have public knowledge of their offenses squashed from search results. However, the ruling makes allowances for Google to prioritize the public’s right to know over an individual’s right to be forgotten. Critics still claim the measure amounts to censorship. It should be noted that the program applies only to searches initiated in the EU zone. Any search result that is filtered should have a message appear stating that information relevant to the name being searched has been removed in compliance with the high court’s ruling.
Google starts editing EU search results post privacy ruling