This is setting an important precedent.
Google is now complying in full with a European Court Of Justice ruling last month which requires it to remove specific personal information from search results when an individual has made a request for the removal of “outdated” or “irrelevant” information about them.
A search for a person’s name on a European Google website now includes the following disclaimer flagging up the fact that some information may have been removed — and including a link to a Google FAQ explaining why:
The same search on Google.com does not bring up the disclaimer as the ECJ ruling only requires Google remove information from European search results.
Celebrity names appear not to trigger the disclaimer — which suggests Google may be refusing requests from high profile individuals on the grounds of a public interest ‘right to know’.
Speaking to the FT newspaper about its right to be forgotten assessment process, Google said: “This is a new process for us. Each request has to be…
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