Google ‘right to be forgotten’ requests keep piling up

Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rules remain a growing issue for Google. Today, the company released its twice-yearly transparency report, detailing the requests it’s received for copyright takedowns, user data, and the removal of search results that point to inadequate or irrelevant information about a European citizen. Since the policy was put into place last May, Google reports that it’s received 348,085 total requests to remove links, covering a total of 1,234,092 URLs. Around 42 percent of the links (excluding cases that are still pending) ended up being removed.

These results represent a relatively steady increase since mid-2015, when Google last provided an update on link removals. In July, the company reported receiving around…

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