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‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling

18 Jun, 2014

Google will comply with a European court ruling to remove links to certain online content. The rule protects individuals and requires search providers to remove links that an individual says violates their online privacy. The case was brought by Mario Costeja González, after he failed to remove an old auction listing that adversely affected his name.

Within the first 24 hours of the option being available, 12,000 requests are made. An internal team will review each request, then remove the link from access in the European Union and four other countries. Although the link will not be accessible in the EU, it can still be found in any location through the original domain.