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After a ruling by the European Court of Justice, Google has been flooded by requests. Hundreds of people have already asked for Google data wipe requests. The company is not making any comment on how they will deal with Google data wipe requests from users in Europe. They are still trying to figure it out.
A Flood of Google Data Wipe Requests
In just three days, hundreds of Google data wipe requests have already been received by the company. A variety of Internet users have been flooding the search engine with please to remove bits of their personal data from their indexes. The people making these requests range from innocent hopefuls to individuals with criminal records. Google data wipe requests may very well reach the thousands by the end of the month. Google rules the search engine market with 90% of search traffic.
Included in the hundreds of Google data wipe requests are appeals from a doctor, a pedophile, and a former politician who wants to get back in the game. The doctor received bad online reviews from some former patients. He wants these reviews to be expunged. The pedophile wants reports on his guilty verdict to be unsearchable. And the politician wants links to the details about his past behavior to be taken down.
Whether or not the company will respond positively to these Google data wipe requests is unknown. The ruling does include exceptions to what data should not be removed. But it is not clear exactly what types of Google data wipe requests will be considered as exceptions to the Google data wipe rule. All we know so far is that any data that is no longer relevant can be entertained for a Google data wipe.
The company is not releasing any real numbers of Google data wipe requests. But a source has told the Guardian that they are getting more than they expected at this early stage. Clearly, many are grabbing the chance to exercise their new rights to be forgotten by the Internet. The ruling from the European Court of Justice is a popular one. It emphasized that the right to have online data privacy is more important than the legitimacy of search engine data collection. The majority of Internet users and privacy advocates have been fighting for the recognition of this principle for a long time.
Google may be forced by the new ruling to remove links to information about individuals on the Internet. But websites will still be able to keep that data in published articles and the like. The point here is that people cannot erase what they have done. They just have the right to prevent the whole world from getting to it by typing in a few simple search terms. Information that is of public record can be accessed with reasonable grounds, so this is fair enough. People’s lives are simply not for public display.
There has been no comment yet about the way that Google data wipe requests will be handled. But a Google representative did say that all Google data wipe requests will be carefully reviewed. The company is already working on a design for handling the Google data wipe requests per the new regulation. The representative mention language and eligibility as main factors is deciding whether or not to grant Google data wipes to claimants. It could take Google weeks to come up with a solution. The Yahoo and Microsoft search engines will have to do the same with regard to European data.