Google: takedown requests concern now quarter million pages




Google has already received in their own words, more than 70,000 requests for removing items from the search results a total of 250,000 pages. The requests come from the European ‘right to be forgotten’.

google That makes David Drummond, senior vice president at Google, namely opposite the Guardian. All takedown requests be viewed individually by Google but according to Drummond contain many requests little information or no context. That would make it even more difficult to determine whether a web page should be removed from the search results. Really well removed Europeans have since mid-May a “right to be forgotten ‘, after a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

A further problem that the American company now runs into according Drummond that some takedown request originate from eg politicians, criminals or professionals like architects and teachers who want to remove. Negative articles about their doings Although people who prefer these items disappear, others according to Drummond believes that should remain for public interest them public.

Google says that, among other things based on the reliability of the source, the age of the news and the relevance of the information society decides whether search results are removed. Drummond says, however, that it remains a difficult choice to decide what needs to be removed and what is not.

Earlier today it was announced that Google now also a special commission has been established following the ‘right to be forgotten’. This committee should start giving advice on what principles should go Google use when making decisions about individual forgets requests; However, the recommendations are not binding.

In the first and current phase requires Google to provide users about online rights and the platform that the Internet provides for discussion and debate their opinions. The goal is to eventually find a balance between the right people have to know certain things and people’s right to privacy, the right balance.



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