Google Deletes Right To Be Forgotten Removal Request Data

Posted: Jul 15 2015, 9:24am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google Deletes Right to be Forgotten Removal Request Data
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  • Google removes the "Right to be Forgotten" (RTBF) removal request data from its own report!

The tech giant has deleted the removal requests data it has previously released in its own transparency report from the internet.

Google has a RTBF option according to which a user can ask or request the search engine to remove all concerning data related to them on the internet. The option RTBF or "Right to be Forgotten" is used by less than 5 percent of all Google users.

Previously believed the data asked to be removed from the search engines by public figures, politicians, and criminals to contradict media reports, however The Guardian reports more than 85 percent of the RTBF requests are sent by average people.

The report implies the percent of common people requesting the RTBF from Google include tally up to 98 percent in countries such as France and Germany, and it is not only used by corrupt politicians and criminals.

Google released details about its RFBT requests in a transparency report back in October 2014, however the report has since been removed by Google itself. The reason may have been the criticism Google faced as a result of the release.

The transparency report showed details such as the RTBF reports which were received and which ones were granted. However people criticised the report saying Google did not give enough information on the number of approved and rejected requests.

In the report only 1 percent of reports which were not termed as ‘Private’ or ‘Classified’ were completely revealed. It is presumed the other information involved details on witnesses, victims, or convictions.

However a team comprising of 80 scholars on the internet wrote an open letter to Google to release more information. As a result the transparency report released by Google itself has since been removed.

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