Google has just launched the Right to be Forgotten Service in Europe. The new service allows users to ask for their search results to be removed.
This is the first time in the history of the tech giant when such a move is being made. The new service was released by Google earlier this week. It regards European citizens. This means that people who are not happy with their personal data available on the Internet can ask it to be removed from search results. This is an important step made when it comes to the privacy of users.
The change came after a European Union court ruling. So, Google had nothing else to do than to comply with it. The ruling indicated that citizens of the European Union have the right to be forgotten online. Google agreed with the decision, but claimed that they will approve requests case by cases.
“When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information,” a statement from Google said. What people had to say about this? It seems that not everyone is happy with the fact that their personal information is available online. So, Google received no less than 12,000 requests linked to the right to be forgotten service in the first day of its availability.
The process is not complicated at all and anyone may access it. What individuals have to do first is to fill out on online form, which indicates what they need. Google grants their requests and removes their personal data. Still, it is important to know that this new option only applies to citizens of the European Union. People living in the US or in other countries which are not part of the EU will not be able to benefit of the new service.
The right to be forgotten service is meant to remove potentially offensive personal data from online sources. Still, Google is the one to decide if the requests of users are granted or they have no basis. Google itself thinks that the whole issue is problematic for them, as they need to decide which is the line between the individual’s right to be forgotten and the right to know.