Google Twists ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ in EU searches

In a recent development, Google has said, that it would implement changes in how it applies the so-called right to be forgotten for online searches made in Europe.

The changes, to be implemented shortly would close a loophole that allowed Europeans to find deleted entries by using instead of the search page for their local country.
Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said, starting next week, in addition to the existing practice, the google will also use geolocation signals (like IP addresses) to restrict access to the delisted URL on all Google Searchdomains, including, when accessed from the country of the person requesting the removal.
It is to be noted that a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 recognizing the right to be forgotten opened the door for Google users to ask the search engine to remove results about them that are inaccurate or no longer relevant.

The search giant set up an online form that people in Europe can fill out to ask for information to be excluded from search results.
Now a part of the holding company Alphabet under a reorganization, Google’s moves failed to satisfy some regulators, notably in France, because the users could get around the restriction.
Google has not changed search results in other areas such as the United States.
In its most recent update last November, Google said it had complied with less than half of the 348,000 request to remove content in Europe. The largest number of requests came from France, with more than 73,000, followed by Germany with some 60,000.

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