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Nearly 20,000 ‘right to be forgotten’ requests made by UK and 6,000 agreed reveals Google


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

October 11, 2014 | 1 min read

Google has revealed that the UK has made the highest number of requests to have links removed under the ‘right to be forgotten’ rule.

Over 6,000 requests of the 18,304 made by Brits have been granted by the search engine since May this year.

The majority of the requests to have links removed were associated with Facebook, followed by Profile Engine, YouTube and Badoo.com.

Jess Hemerly, public policy manager for Google, said in a blog post: “It’s important to be transparent about how much information we’re removing from search results while being respectful of individuals who have made requests.

"Releasing this information to the public helps hold us accountable for our process and implementation.”

Google gave an example of a successful petition, a woman who wanted an article about her husband’s murder removed, and an unsuccessful request, a British media professional wanted four links embarrassing content he had posted online removed.

France and Germany followed the UK as the countries making the most requests. In total, nearly 500,000 requests have been made by EU members.

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