Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) users in EU can now get the outdated links removed by placing a request through an online form made available by the company. Google has told applicants that through the form each individual request will be assessed by it with maintaining the balance between privacy rights and the public’s right to know at the optimum level.
“When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional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.”
Links to be available on Google.com
The links that will be removed successfully will be dropped out only of the search results that will be displayed on those versions of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) that are specific to EU, but will remain visible and accessible on Google.com, says a report from The Next Web citing a source.
The Financial Times in an interview by the Google’s co-founder Larry Page told that the introduction of the new mechanism by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) will take place on May 30th and it will enable the internet users in Europe to remove the links that, they consider, are outdated and damaging.
Also, Google is expected to announce a committee that will consist of experts from third-party, who will be entrusted with the responsibility of helping in the hearings in Europe, and also provide advice on proper dealing needed on such issues related to privacy of users.
EU proposed ‘right to be forgotten,’ in 2012
Earlier this month, it was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), that the search engines should make it possible for individual users to get the outdated information about themselves removed from the results displayed by the search engines. In 2012, the European Union proposed the so-called ‘right to be forgotten,’ which meant that the search engines should allow their individual users the option of getting any outdated or irrelevant information removed from the servers of the company by placing a simple request and making it inaccessible on the Web for the public.
Mario Costeja Gonzalez, a Spanish man, brought forward the original case. He had written some articles about the difficulties faced by him financially, when he tried selling properties around 16 years ago. His name search was returning those old articles and he wanted the information to get removed from the web.