Leaked Google Data: 95% of "Right to Be Forgotten" Requests Come From Private Individuals Concerning Private Information

Nearly all of the "right to be forgotten" requests made to Google up to March 2015 came from everyday members of the public seeking to remove links to private information. The new data, accidentally embedded in the source code of Google's transparency report, show that just five percent of the nearly 220,000 delinking requests concerned criminals, politicians, or public officials. This revelation undercuts claims by Google and some media companies to sensationalize the right articulated by the Court of Justice of the EU last year. EPIC has defended the right to delink and argued that the right should be recognized in the United States.


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