Google will apply the ‘right to be forgotten’ to all EU searches next week. In the framework of the so-called “right to be forgotten” Google begins next week, to hide relevant search results worldwide. This had been preceded by a long discussion to the question of which country versions of Google to include were.
So far Google when hide results that fall under the “right to be forgotten”, act as follows: when a deletion request from a European country Google checks to see whether the application meets the criteria required for a deletion. To the search results to be removed must be irrelevant or no longer relevant, not measured, exaggerated and also not for the public interest. A search result meets these criteria, the search results for all European versions of Google is hidden. For Google versions outside Europe and therefore also for google.com, but not hide takes place. This practice often encountered criticism. Google has responded to this criticism. About three weeks ago was known, that Google would like to change this practice and worldwide hide relevant search results.
In 2014, an EU court decided that Google must comply with requests to remove some search results, in a decision that became known as “the right to be forgotten.” As part of that decision, European users can submit a request to Google, asking the company to delist results that are “no longer relevant” or otherwise outdated. Until now, however, Google would only delist results for its European sites, such as google.co.uk and google.fr. Presumably, then, EU users could still find the delisted results by visiting google.com.
In its announcement today, Google confirmed that “in response to discussions with regulators,” the company would begin delisting from all sites, beginning next week, if Google detects that a search user is in the EU.
“Starting next week, in addition to our existing practice, we will also use geolocation signals (like IP addresses) to restrict access to the delisted URL on all Google Search domains, including google.com, when accessed from the country of the person requesting the removal,” Google said in the statement. “We’ll apply the change retrospectively, to all delistings that we have already done under the European Court ruling.”
The right to be forgotten has proven controversial, as free speech advocates have squared off with those calling the right an important privacy protection. “Since May 2014, we’ve worked hard to find the right balance as we implement the European Court’s ruling,” Google wrote today. “Despite occasional disagreements, we’ve maintained a collaborative dialogue with data protection authorities throughout. We’re committed to continuing to work in this way.”