01.Google complies with ECJ ruling
Internet search giant Google has received over 12,000 requests from EU citizens wanting themselves removed from search results. The requests came within hours of the introduction a new court-mandated form on Friday, according to Reuters.
The European Data Protection Law, passed in the EU by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), has afforded Europeans with the right to be forgotten online. Search engines are now required to provide a way for people to have inadequate, irrelevant or excessive information deleted from search results (though not, importantly, from the actual sites on which they appear).
The form states Google will look at a number of factors when considering whether to pull search results. “We will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public’s right to know and distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.”
The introduction of the form comes on the back of a lawsuit against Google won by a Spanish man seeking to have references to a 1998 repossession of his home removed from the search engine.
Australians won't be able to take advantage of the right to be forgotten - the form is only for the use of EU citizens, and will only affect search results in the EU, not google.com.