Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Reading tip: Guardian article on Google "right to be forgotten" requests

Our readers will remember that since last year's ECJ decision in Google Spain, it is possible for individuals who think certain information concerning them should not be featured among Google's search results to demand the search engine to put a filter in place by filling in a simple form.

The Guardian has perused Google's transparency report from last year and found some interesting information as to the way this possibility has been made use of so far. The ensuing article really makes a worthy read.  


  1. Thanks for sharing, was definitely worth reading. Where is the law of privacy on this one? I do not get why Google would reject such a request when sensitive personal data is just there for the taking.

  2. Well, I guess the answer might indeed boil down to 1) how well the request is written; 2) what the attitude of the google employee(s) dealing with the requests and the local culture is. I am not incredibly surprised, for instance, that virtually all requests categorised as "private" are complied with in the Netherlands, and many are rejected in my home country Italy. However, as the journalists pointed out, there is obviously something (ie: a lot) to be said against the very idea of entrusting such a decision on someone's personal data to a private company.