The search engine faces a difficult task in following a EU court ruling that allows individuals to ask it to remove links to personal content
On 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten". The highly touchy judgment grants individuals the right to ask Google to remove links to personal content that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which (it was originally) processed". Google has no choice but to comply—but will surely soon find itself in a position of being “dammed if it does and damned if it doesn’t…." Ever since Google began its compliance, it has received about 70,000 requests, concerning removal of 250,000 “sensitive" webpage links. Already, the criticism has gained momentum. Google has been faulted for its interpretation of the court’s order and the subsequent removal of links regarding high-profile individuals from its search results. While some links were reinstated following the uproar, it highlights the exceedingly difficult task the search engine faces in following the legal order, without compromising public interest.
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