Google launches option to erase personal data online


Search engine giant Google – has taken its first step towards meeting the European court ruling that people can have links about themselves removed from the internet search results if it is requested.

The citizens of Europe can fill in the ‘right to be forgotten’ form online which needs an explaination on why the link is outdated, Irrelevant or appropriate due to any reason. If it is approved it will be erased but the pages will remain.

A member from the Belgian Pirate Party said that the new measure is not enough. Kevin Hauzeur says, “Firstly, the Internet user may feel tricked because Google asks for a photo ID card to validate the request, which is a problem with regards to privacy rights.” Hauzeur added that the user will have to repeat the same process with other websites and search engines.

Moreover, Google has also said that it will not be the one to be overseen by the national data protection agencies and that there will be 28 different agencies across Europe. The search engine giant added that it has already received 12,000 requests from across Europe in the first 24 hours of launching.

Yahoo has earlier said that it is carefully reviewing this feature to access the impact for its users and business.

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