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Google is being flooded by thousands of demands to erase search results

31
May
2014

Google has been hit by more than 12,000 requests to erase links to personal history after a landmark European court ruling, Reuters reports. On May 13th, the top European court upheld a law that requires Google to erase “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” information from search results if individuals request so. One problem here is that drawing the line between who is a private person and who is a public figure can be difficult and time-consuming. Defining what personal information is “irrelevant or no longer relevant” can be even harder to do. What if a careless or incendiary comment somebody made in a discussion forum in 2009 created a major backlash and still pops up as a leading Google

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