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After providing an online form enabling Europeans to request that search engines remove links to obsolete information in compliance with a top European court’s “right to be forgotten” ruling last week, Google has received more than 12,000 such requests.
Unlike with Google subsidiary YouTube’s (and its competitors’) automated and algorithm-based Content ID matching and filtration systems, which monitor users’ uploads of copyrighted materials, the “right to be forgotten” requests will have to be handled by human beings at the company on a case-by-case basis, reports MarketWatch.
Of the information removal requests submitted to Google UK and Google Ireland to date, the leading reasons for seeking information removal include 31 percent who wish to have fraud or scam incidents removed, 20 percent who wish to have violent or serious crime arrests removed, and 12 percent who wish to have child pornography arrests removed, according to Search Engine Land.
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