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Google Grants ‘Right to be Forgotten’

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If you are looking for someone you know or do not know, the only thing that you need these days are search engines. If you are on social media, there are many ways to know someone that you like or hate. There?s Facebook, empowering stalkers and creeps ever since February 2004. But what happens when somebody does not like to be on the “spot light” anymore? What if some people want to live in complete privacy, and secrecy, that they do not even want to find their names on any search list?

Good news, Google is now offering an option to be removed from the search list that allows people or “anything” to be kept secret. ? During a court ruling with a European Court Justice made last month, Google is now complying to grant anyone that wants to keep out any information about them from its search engine. Google will start mashing the “Delete” button and commence removing specific information or personal information to those who made the requests.

A source says that Google has launched an FAQ regarding the policies, explaining why users can now request to have their personal information taken down. This means if you want to search the name of a cute girl you met at a club or look for details of a certain Celebrity, it may or it may not show on the list of the results. There will be a disclaimer on the search results saying that the information has been taken down or information might have been removed.

The ?Right to be forgotten? request is only applicable in European search sites. According to Google from a report on the Wall Street Journal:

?This process is new to us. Each request has to be assessed individually, and we?re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue. We?ll continue to work with data protection authorities and others as we implement this ruling.?

For the first 24 hours, requests that have been filed to Google have already reached 12,000. Google plans on going through the requests slowly to ensure that everything will be assessed properly. The number of requests are increasing each day, which means Google has a lot of work to do.

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