Google Posts Request Form in EU to Remove Personal Info Online
The move complies with an EU court ruling that Google and other search firms have a process for people to request the removal of objectionable online content.Google has made an online form and process available for people in the European Union who want to have information about them removed from searches. The move complies with a recent court order in the EU that search providers such as Google must have such a process to "forget" things about people if they make removal requests. Google posted the form for EU users on May 30, along with complete instructions on how to make a request. "To comply with the recent European court ruling, we've made a webform available for Europeans to request the removal of results from our search engine," Google said in a statement emailed to eWEEK. "The court's ruling requires Google to make difficult judgments about an individual's right to be forgotten and the public's right to know. We're creating an expert advisory committee to take a thorough look at these issues. We'll also be working with data-protection authorities and others as we implement this ruling." The new online form states that the "Court of Justice of the European Union found that certain users can ask search engines to remove results for queries that include their name where those results are (emphasis added by Google) 'inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.'"
Google states on the form's site: "In implementing this decision, we will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public's right to know and distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there's a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials."