Google Starts Honoring And Removing ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Search Results
Emails from Google are starting to flow to citizens who have requested to be removed, with a spokesperson saying: "This week, we're starting to take action on the removals requests that we've received. This is a new process for us. Each request has to be assessed individually, and we're working as quickly as possible to get through the queue."
Google has thus far reacted quite quickly to the original ruling, but it remains to be seen if it'll be Johnny-on-the-spot for the foreseeable future. It's obviously extra overhead for Google, and thus far it has received over 40,000 removal requests. For as great as this is for privacy, some suggest that it could become a thorny issue as it relates to free speech. Moreover, Google is only removing results on its European pages, so if you Google these same names in the United States, the results still show up.
We're pretty sure this story is far from over. It's a prime example of the new, digital problems that our society is still grappling with, and we're certain that even more will crop up as the Internet evolves. Remember, the world wide web is extremely young in the grand scheme of things, and we're apt to see many more questions (and hopefully, solutions) as it matures.