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Google removes search results following ‘right to be forgotten’ in Europe


Washington: Tech giant Google has now started removing search results in Europe, following the controversial ruling of ‘right to be forgotten’.

According to The Verge, The move follows a landmark ruling handed down last month by the European Union Court of Justice, which determined that it’s Google’s responsibility to remove outdated or “irrelevant” search results hosted by third parties.

Google described the decision as a disappointing ruling for search engines and online publishers in general, though it swiftly complied. On May 30th, the company launched a service that allows European citizens to request that certain links be removed from searches on their names, noting that each request would be considered by Google staff rather than the algorithms that underpin its search engine.

A Google spokesman said that the company updated its infrastructure Wednesday night to begin scrubbing results, and those individuals whose results have been removed will be notified by email beginning today.

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