Google Deletes 170K URLs From Search Database Due to EU Privacy Rules
In its October transparency report, the search firm says it evaluated almost a half million URLs under the European Union's rule for privacy, pulling down 170,000.A woman from Italy requested that Google remove links to her husband's murder resulting from searches for her name. A German citizen asked that more than 50 links to an embarrassing exchange be removed from searches for his name. In both cases, Google complied with the requests under the European Court of Justice's May 2014 ruling supporting citizens' right to be forgotten. Since the ruling, Google has fielded almost 150,000 requests to remove search results from specific queries, encompassing almost a half million URLs, according to an update to its Transparency Report posted by the company on Oct. 10. Google removed links to almost 42 percent, approximately 170,000, of the URLs, the company said. The company denied requests by a doctor to remove search results about a botched procedure and by a financial professor for results about his conviction for financial crimes, Google said.
"In evaluating a request, we will look at whether the results include outdated or inaccurate information about the person," Google stated in its explanation of its procedure. "We'll also weigh whether or not there's a public interest in the information remaining in our search results—for example, if it relates to financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions or your public conduct as a government official, elected or unelected."