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Violent criminals and disgraced politicians are begging Google to ‘forget’ them

15
Jul
2014

In case you haven’t noticed, Google is not at all happy about having to sift through thousands of different takedown requests from citizens in Europe who want to be “forgotten” in its search results. In an editorial written for The Guardian, Google chief legal officer David Drummond says that Google has so far received 70,000 takedown requests and they aren’t all from some poor kid whose most embarrassing moment got memorialized by a viral YouTube video. “The examples we’ve seen so far highlight the difficult value judgments search engines and European society now face: former politicians wanting posts removed that criticise their policies in office; serious, violent criminals asking for articles about their crimes to be deleted; bad reviews for professionals

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