People Want Their Details Wiped from Search IndexAdded: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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Google has received hundreds of requests from people seeking their details be wiped from the search index following a recent landmark ruling in the EU. The list includes an ex-politician who wants to re-elect, a pedophile and a doctor.
The recent decision by EU highest court stated that the right to privacy of individuals can outweigh the freedom of search engines to link to information about them. In other words, the information may remain online, but the search results should not show it.
Since then, Google was hit with a huge number of applications to remove links to outdated or irrelevant information: for example, one of them is a former British politician who is now seeking office and wants Google to remove information about their behavior while in office. The next applicant is an individual convicted of possessing child abuse images, who demands links to pages about his conviction be taken out of the search index. Finally, one of the doctors didn’t like negative reviews from his patients and wants them be not searchable either.
Google admitted that the court decision would have significant implications for the way they handle takedown requests. The company is already busy enough with removing millions of links every month from its indexes under requests from copyright holders over infringing content. At least, this kind of work is largely automated. But when people demand removal, the company has to consider each request individually.
The European court claimed that search engines must remove links to “irrelevant or outdated” data, while the original information itself can remain. The problem is that it can cause tensions between the search engines and news organizations, which may argue that links should not be removed. In result, the search engines face a risk of being sued by both the complainant and the original source of the information.
Apparently, all search engines that have operations in Europe, including Bing and Yahoo, will have to devise procedures to accept requests for link removal from people. As for Google, the company may consider offloading the task of taking decision on such requests to the local data protection commissioners – this would add significantly to the commissioners’ caseload.
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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
|The list includes an ex-politician who wants to re-elect, a pedophile and a doctor. an EX Politician who i might add, has more money and sway without being a politician, fook me, i knew the world was full off dipshits and power hungry assholes, but elect a fookin peado?????? whoever this ex politician is needs fookin SHOT on site!!|
|Its 3 different people. Doctor, pedo, and an ex-politician.|
|posted by (2014-05-21 02:44:23)|
|could not have said it better my self peasoup|
|I hear Tony Blair is eager to take down 'outdated' facts about himself.|
|posted by (2014-05-22 03:03:59)|
|All the search engines have to do is to put a definition on what THEY term as 'Outdated' and the EU courts would be stymied, since the courts FAILED to fix a time scale. If the search engines declared that 'Outdated' data was all data over 25 years old, but would be overruled by relevance, and that certain CRIMES and PROFESSIONS are exempt from deletion, a lot of their problem requests could be immediately declined.|
Any person who is a PUBLIC figure (Politicians, Doctors, Police, Performing Artists [Music, Movies, TV], etc) is automatically a relevant person in perpetuity.
|Governments do this kind of stuff "Smear Campaigns" against people all the time. The FBI has done this, Scientologists do it to control the masses, but for people who want to promote themselves to their advantage and fabricate a lifestyle that doesn't collaborate with the truth, well..... I say screw em all.|
|posted by (2014-05-23 21:14:44)|
|Since Google has more money than most governments they should hire more people to specifically remove the content that is requested to be removed I know alot of folks in if a job and I'm one of them. So Google open up the books and stop complaining or trying pass it to the local data protection commission who's caseload is already backed up.||
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