The Right to be Forgotten: Google has Launched a Service Removing Personal Data from the Internet
Google launched a new service that allows you to request to remove a web page relating to users privacy of from the search results. The service is available to the residents of the European countries.
Now users in Europe may require search engines to erase information about themselves, and if this fails – to go to court. Google was forced to take this step at the order of the European Court: on May 13 Themis decided that the references to the personal data that lost relevance can be deleted from the servers.
Google has opened a special online form through which users can indicate specific unwanted data. To use this form you will have to specify your name, country, e-mail, links to data that the user wants to delete, with reasons, as well as a copy of the identity document with a photograph ? a passport or an ID- card.
In the interview with the Financial Times the Google CEO Larry Page said that the company abide the order of the European Union’s highest court, which legalized the so-called “right to be forgotten“, but warned that this could harm innovation and play into the hands of the authoritarian regimes.
The corporation itself and many lawyers believe that under the existing European legislation, this rule applies only to incomplete or inaccurate information.