Google Publishes Details of ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Process

Google is going public with all the details of how it will handle right to be forgotten requests in Europe.

The technology giant has made public information it submitted to European regulators outlining the process it follows to comply with the edict issued by Europe’s top court in May forcing search engines to either edit or erase online search results if they are found to violate a person’s privacy.

Google, along with Bing and Yahoo, met with European data protection regulators last week. The event was hosted by the Article 29 Working Party (A29WP), whose job it is to oversee data protection authorities across the EU.

Google, “in the interests of transparency,” has posted its letter to Article 29 Working Party chairwoman Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin and several pages of information for the public to peruse.

Those interested in reading the 13-page document can do so here.

Google, in June, posted an online form that Europeans can fill out to request deletion of online information.

“We will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public’s right to know and distribute information,” Google said. “When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.”

The case began after a Spanish man filed a complaint that an auction notice of his home after it was repossessed appears in Google’s search results which violates his privacy. He said links to notices that appeared in a Spanish newspaper in 1998 should be deleted from the search index because they were no longer relevant and damage his reputation.

The case is one of 180 similar cases in Spain requesting content be removed from Google’s search index.

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