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Britons Seek Right to be Forgotten

Britons Seek Right to be Forgotten

It has been revealed that one in 10 requests for web links to be removed from search results -under the European right to be forgotten laws - come from the UK.

Google said it removed 498,737 links from search results since May and said 18,304 requests were made in the UK - the third highest in the EU.

The results follow a European Court of Justice ruling that allows irrelevant and outdated data to be erased on request.

It was revealed that there had been many requests to remove embarrassing content, with Google reportedly turning down the request of a former clergyman in the UK, who had asked for two links to articles regarding an investigation into sexual abuse accusations about him to be removed.

A doctor had also requested more than 50 links to newspaper articles about a botched procedure to be removed.

Google said: "Three pages that contained personal information about the doctor but did not mention the procedure have been removed from search results for his name", but that, "the rest of the links to reports on the incident remain in search results".

Among the sites affected were Facebook with 3,353 links removed and YouTube with 2,392 URLs detected.


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