Google Is Pressured to Share More Data on ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

A year after the so-called right to be forgotten ruling, Google is facing pressure from 80 academics to disclose more data on how it decides what information to scrub from search results in Europe.

The academics, who come from the fields of technology, law, privacy and media, identified 13 categories of information on which they said Google should shed more light. For example, they said, Google should say whether certain kinds of requests, such as those involving alleged defamation or health issues, are presumptively accepted or denied–and how Google defines such requests.

The European Court of Justice ruled last year that people could ask Google to remove search results that link to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, excessive or outdated. The court gave little guidance on how requests should be decided, leaving Google to figure out where to draw the line between people’s right to privacy and the public’s right to know...

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