Google says it had 2.4 million 'right to be forgotten' requests

According to Google’s latest transparency report, more than 2.4 million people have filed “right to be forgotten” requests since the European Union passed a law in 2014 recognizing the right. 

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Most of the requests were from France, the UK, and Germany. Google said it complied with 43.3 percent of the requests and gave details about the successful applications.

According to Google, 89 percent of the requests came from individuals: 33,937 were from politicians and government officials, while 41,213 were from celebrities.

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“This paper uses our manual reviewers’ annotations to provide a comprehensive analysis of the ways Europeans are using the ‘right to be forgotten,’” wrote Google Transparency Report product lead, Michee Smith, in a blog post.

The EU, meanwhile, is getting ready to implement its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will enforce stricter rules on rights such as the right to be forgotten, also called the right to erasure under GDPR Article 17

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