Google's 'right to be forgotten' response

Google have responded to the EU’s demands they instigate a ‘right to be forgotten’. Somehow I don’t think their response is designed to make it easy as possible for someone to have their past wiped.

The form is simplistic, but it comes with a few caveats for the user, the most important being that a copy of a valid photo ID must be attached. The public can make takedown requests on behalf of others, but the photo ID of the target individual must always be attached. Complainants have to provide their name and e-mail address, the country whose law applies to the request, the name of the individual featured in the relevant search results, and a list of every URL they want taken down. The key part of the form is the complainant’s explanation for the takedown since, as Google notes, the EU ruling only relates to information in its index that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.”

Ars Technica


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