Take-down requests flood Google’s inbox after European court ruling

Google is getting a lot of requests to remove personal information from its search engine after Europe's court ruled that subjects have the "right to be forgotten”

An important European ruling on May 13 has given citizens the green light in asking that their personal information be removed from the internet, search engine provider Google now needs to figure out how to handle an expected flood of requests asking for information to be removed from its engine. Reuters reported that the decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union requires that all Internet search services remove information deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant."

To abide by this new ruling, Google will need to hire several removal experts in each of the 28 European Union countries, including those where Google does not have operations. Whether those staffers remove controversial links or judge the merits of individual take-down requests are among the many questions Google has yet to figure out.

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Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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