Google's Accepting Half of 'Right to Be Forgotten' Requests, But Won't Say How it Decides

By Tom Pritchard on at

After a meeting with with European regulators yesterday, Google has revealed that it has received around 91,000 'right to be forgotten' requests to de-index around 328,000 links since the ruling from the EU courtsĀ came into effect in May. It turns out Google has accepted half of those requests.

In addition to that, the search giant revealed that roughly a third of requests were straight-up denied and 15 per cent required more information. Unfortunately Google is refusing to actually explain how it makes the decisions, just that it has a group of paralegals dealing with them. We do get to see how many of these requests us Brits are making. It turns out 12,000 requests have come from the UK, putting us in third place behind Germany (16,500) and France (17,500).

In other news, Wikipedia's own Jimmy Wales has publicly condemned the EU ruling, declaring that search engines like Google should not be tasked with "censoring history", and that companies should not have the power to decide what information is available on the internet.

I'm not particularly fond of the ruling, but I can't help but wonder what happened to the missing two per cent of requests. Lost by rounding down the numbers maybe? [TechCrunch, The Guardian]