Google Has Received 2.4 Million Right To Be Forgotten Requests
In this age of social media, it seems like it's impossible to remain anonymous, or be forgotten. But 2.4 million individuals in Europe have told Google to do that. Forget about them.
That's what Google has disclosed by saying that since 2014, it has received 2.4 million "right to be forgotten" requests. These are requests that have been made asking Google to remove their personal information from the company's search engine results. Google made the acknowledgement of the number of "right to be forgotten" requests on Tuesday, adding that it has complied with approximately 43 percent of the requests.
The European Union passed the so-called "right to be forgotten" law in 2014. The majority of the requests came from a combination of France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The reasons for the takedown requests are varied. Around 19 percent are directory URLs, while the most of the URLs submitted are various online destinations that fall under a number of categories. Among the reasons given for the takedown requests are wanting professional information, prior crimes or information individuals previously posted themselves to be removed from Google's searches.
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