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Google has now ‘forgotten’ more than a quarter-million URLs

Google has now forgotten more than a quarter million URLs The Washington Post


A European court's so-called Right to Be Forgotten ruling in May has resulted in the scrubbing of hundreds of thousands of Google search results, according to data released by Google on Monday as part of its regular transparency reports on government requests for information removal.

Google, it turns out, has agreed to about 40 percent of the requested URL removals that it has received in the months since the European Union's Court of Justice issued its ruling that empowered citizens of the EU to have search results unlinked from their names online.

Google doesn't delete any content from its search records archives completely. It simply breaks the links between searches on an individual's name and the offending results. That gives complainants the opportunity to use Google to shape their online identity while leaving the content behind those search results intact. According to the new data, Google has removed some 227,000 of those connections since it began, reluctantly, enforcing the ruling.

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A quarter million URLs seems tiny compared with the size of the web.

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