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Right-to-Be-Forgotten Removals Should Apply To Google.com — EU Regulator

Google has received in excess of 120,00 RTBF requests since May. Many have been granted but many have not. Those denied are able to appeal the decision and that’s where these regulatory criteria will be applied (presumably they will also inform Google and Bing’s decision making).

According to Reuters, European regulators say they’ve agreed on a uniform set of EU-wide rules and criteria that will be used to evaluate appeals under the “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF) law announced earlier this year by the Luxembourg-based European Union Court of Justice.

Google has adopted a practice of notifying publishers when RTBF links are removed. Apparently regulators don’t like this practice (probably because it puts “political” pressure on them amid cries of censorship or objections from the publishers). On this point Reuters quotes Johannes Caspar, who is Germany’s data protection chief:

“There might be single, outstanding cases where involving the publisher might be appropriate. But to do so systematically is undue.”

Google currently only removes the subject links and material from the individual country Google site where the request was made (e.g., Google.fr, Google.de) but not from Google.com. Germany’s Caspar reportedly believes that these RTBF removals should be expunged globally.


Rohit Rathore

Rohit Rathore is an Internet Marketing Manager, Seo Expert and working on various projects. He is passionate about Blogging, Latest Technology, Latest Trends In Seo and usually blogs on SEO, SEM, Social Media, WordPress and Web Design.

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