Google lately announced that they have received over one million URL takedown requests. They complied about 40% of the time in the year since it has been applying the European right to be forgotten.
Google spent much of the past year questioning its obligations under the controversial right to be forgotten ruling that has been accepted reluctantly by them.
A Google transparency announcement, which was published on the anniversary of the European Court of Justice ruling, announced that the firm has complied with 253,617 requests concerning 920,258 URLs. Google also showed that the company received removal evaluations' for some 126,000 URLs in the UK adding up to around 32,000 requests. The requests were complied with approximately 30 percent of the time.
Google also revealed some details telling more about the requests "A media professional requested that we remove four links to articles reporting on embarrassing content he posted to the internet. We did not remove the pages from search results." An example when Google did comply concerned a quashed conviction. "An individual who was convicted of a serious crime in the last five years, but whose conviction was quashed on appeal, asked us to remove an article about the incident. We removed the page from search results for the individual's name," the firm said.
The transparency report consists of a list of top 10 list of target sites. Facebook came first with 6,772 links removed. Other sites in the top 10 include Google+, Google Groups, YouTube and Twitter which accounts for eight percent of all requests.
Google was under impact immediately due to the ruling of right to be forgotten. While the firm has asked for assistance and guidance on how best to manage the obligation, it did not take long for the requests to start coming in.
Google also told that tens of thousands of demands came its way within the first few weeks. Much of the talk in Europe since that time has been about extending the remit of the right to be forgotten to .com domains, as the European Union wants the ruling to apply worldwide rather than just in Europe.Google Complies About 40% of Right To Be Forgotten Requests!,