In the last 4 years, 65,000 Spaniards have exercised their “right to be forgotten” by requesting personal information to be erased from Google’s search engine.
In 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that it is within a person’s right to ask Google and other search engines to remove content about them which is “inadequate” or “irrelevant”.
Since the ruling, more than 655,000 people in the EU have made the request to Google, including 65,000 Spaniards who account for 10% of all requests. Around 2.5 million websites are thought to have been affected by the ruling.
In 24% of cases, content was requested to be removed due to “professional reasons” which included details of past employment or dismissals that resulted in unwanted information appearing in the search results. Nearly a third of requests were to do with the removal of search results involving social media and directory websites, while 21% of cases involved media and government websites; one of the main concerns when the ruling was first introduced was how easy it would be for a person to request personal information regarding criminal convictions or prosecutions to be removed, especially in cases involving government officials where the public have a right to accessible information regarding such matters.
It should be noted that out of the 65,000 requests to Google by Spaniards, only 38.1% have actually been implemented and removed from the search engine, reports newspaper Murcia Today.Tags: ECJ, Google, Right to be Forgotten