Google finally exercises the “right to be forgotten”, with the implementation of a search removal request system in the European Union.

googlesearchremovalEU Google opens a webform to comply with EUs data privacy policy

Does it feel irksome that some of the old info that you have on the web is still behind you because of Google Search? Well, if you’re in the European Union, then you now have the chance to forever remove these outdated and possibly unwanted information, with Google’s implementation of a new search removal request system.

The webform, from where the option was first announced yesterday, briefly stated how the system came to be, and how to use it. According to the given instructions, users can submit a request for the removal of certain data related to them, in accordance to the European Data Protection Law. Europeans who wish to have a little more privacy may have their outdated information completely removed, at their request, and at the fulfillment of a few identification requirements.

News of Google receiving requests and even complaints about data privacy are hardly new,  and we all already knew how it eventually lead to the renewal of their data privacy policies last 2012. However a more decisive action was taken when a series of complaints and court cases came, which stemmed from a recent privacy complaint from a Spanish man, who was actually the one who advocated the “right to be forgotten”.

On the surface, it looks pretty easy to justify the need to hide or conceal information that would otherwise be sensitive for users. However, the issues behind this new policy go quite deeper than what could be seen at a glance. For instance, Google specifically pointed out in its webform that certain “outdated information” that would still be of sufficient public interest, such as “financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, etc.” may still remain open to the internet public.

We may not be able to completely predict the ramifications of this new system, but a few opinions suggest that there could be technical loopholes, though that is already an entirely different topic in itself.

Source: My Navi (JP)