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GOOG: 5 Things to Know About the Google ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Form

It is trying to comply with a European court ruling


Europeans who want links to personal information removed from Google’s (GOOG) search engine results can now submit those links to Google directly.

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Google has created an online form for Europeans to request the removal of specified links. Google says the form is the first step in the process and that it will collaborate with other groups to enhance the process going forward, PCWorld notes.

The Google form is a response to a recent ruling by the European Union’s Court of Justice that found that individuals had a “right to be forgotten” and that search engines like Google should remove links to outdated or irrelevant personal information if individuals requested it.  The ruling has been criticized for potentially concealing relevant information from the public and possibly allowing the suppression of opinions.

Here are five things to know about Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” form:

  1. Users are asked to submit URLs for links showing personal data that the users would like to see removed.
  2. Users can make requests to remove links pertaining to themselves or others.
  3. Users must explain how the data associated with the link affects them.
  4. Users must explain why the information at the link is “irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate.”
  5. Google says it will evaluate requests based on “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.”

In Friday morning trading, GOOG stock slipped slightly.

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