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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling 138

An anonymous reader writes Google has begun removing some search results to comply with a European Union ruling upholding citizens' right to have objectionable personal information about them hidden in search engines. "Google engineers overnight updated the company's technical infrastructure to begin implementing the removals, and Thursday began sending the first emails to individuals informing them that links they had requested were being taken down. The company has hired a dedicated 'removals team' to evaluate each request, though only a small number of the initial wave of takedown requests has so far been processed."
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 27, 2014 @06:01AM (#47331229)

    That's interesting: I was goggling for "Erich Spangenberg" who is what is known to us technical people as a patent troll and at the bottom of page 1 of the google links I see,

    "Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more"

    That's the first time I've seen that message. Sounds like someone is doing reputation management.

  • Re:Good. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Poeli ( 573204 ) on Friday June 27, 2014 @06:57AM (#47331375)

    It's not like removing the information from their index without removing it from an actual website is going to make the information 'private' again.

    Nope, because google does not have to remove it from their index. All they have to remove is the link between a search term and a search result. The result can still show up if you use a different search term.

  • Re:Good. (Score:4, Informative)

    by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Friday June 27, 2014 @08:34AM (#47331739) Journal
    If by 'valid fear' you mean 'prejudice-inspired paranoia', then your statement may be true.

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