Google hit with 12,000 removal requests following EU privacy ruling

Posted Jun 1, 2014

After a ruling by the EU Court of Justice earlier this month that citizens may be harmed by content on the web, Google received 12,000 requests in the first day of launching the online removal form. Google complied with a top court ruling that gave European citizens the right to have personal information deleted from the search engine. Google launched the takedown website on May 29th. Google also created a group of Internet experts like Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales to advise the company on the ruling.

The “right to be forgotten” ruling was a surprise for many people. Google CEO Larry Page said that this ruling may encourage repressive regimes that censors the Internet. ?It will be used by other governments that aren?t as forward and progressive as Europe to do bad things,? said Page in an interview with The Financial Times.

The other four members on the special committee include Frank La Rue, Peggy Valcke, Jose Luis Pinar, and Luciano Floridi.

The court ruling originated from a case from a Spanish data-protection authority that wanted Google to remove information about a man whose house was auctioned off for failing to pay taxes. This is one of 200 cases where Spanish authorities asked Google to take down content.

In order to take down content, Google is requiring citizens to show proof of photo identification along with reasons for why the content should be removed.