Users Can Now Request Google to Erase Your Information from Search Results
Google is being forced to protect user privacy
According to Fortune, Google is being forced to comply with European Union privacy law, receiving over 650,000 requests to remove 2.5 million links from its search results. The law established in 2014, gives users the “right to be forgotten”. So now Google must remove requested links about a particular individual is they ask. The information can be removed if it is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive.
You’re probably thinking, what kind of information would someone want to remove? Well, according to Google’s Transparency Report, a third of the requests were tied to social media, people finder sites that give out personal information like addresses and phone numbers. A fifth of the requests were for stories that revealed legal/criminal backgrounds. Unfortunately this policy only applies to users in Europe.
This isn’t the first time Google’s privacy standards have come into question. Previously Google valued user privacy at only $25, they believe that Gmail users don’t have any legitimate concerns about privacy.