Google has explained the European authorities that deleting personal data spread throughout the web is not such an easy task. The entire task is even more difficult when there is little information and just a few, murky guidelines.
The most important search engine on the internet says that it has received more than 91,000 requests to erase around 328,000 links since July 18. This is the date when the European “right to be forgotten” ruling entered into force.
The majority of the requests belong to French and German citizens. Thus, Google has received about 17,500 from France and about 16,500 requests from Germany. About 12,000 deleting requests came from British citizens, 8,000 requests came from Spain, where the movement originates while Italian citizens have filed around 7,500 requests. The internet giant claims that in spite of all accusations it has managed to remove about fifty-three per cent of the requested links. But the company has declared that is facing difficulties because it has to rely on people filing the removal request since it needs data to put these people in perspective. Fleischer declared that quite a few requests contained either false or inaccurate information. Even if people give real information they avoid presenting facts that are not in their favor.
Thus, if a person requires Google to remove the data of his/her teenage crimes might omit to tell the company about his/her law infringements as an adult. This might not be quite dangerous if the respective person is running for some official position. There are also people that have asked Google to delete links leading to people having the same name.
Google has asked the European official for advice on how to make the difference between what is of public interest and what it is not. Another problem is if the information extant on government sites can be deleted at a person’s request.
The internet giant has worked hard in order to find the correct balance between the right to be informed and the right to privacy. The European Court of Justice has declared that individuals have the lawful right to ask Google to delete the inaccurate or outdated information about them.
Google has had some serious problems with the European news organizations which were infuriated by the fact that the company has removed links leading to some of their stories. Google has defended itself by making reference to the decision taken by the European Court of Justice in the month of May.
However, the links can be seen on Google.com. Most of the links deleted related to the names of various people.