Google Allows Link Removal Requests

    This picture taken on May 13, 2013 in the French western city of Rennes shows a woman choosing Google Search (or Google Web Search) web search engine front page on her tablet. A report by a French expert panel published on May 13, 2013 recommended imposing taxes on smartphones and tablets but rejected a call for search engine Google to be charged for linking to media content. The nine-member panel, headed by respected journalist and businessman Pierre Lescure, said in the keenly awaited report that the revenue gained from the proposed new taxes could help fund artistic and creative ventures. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER        (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)


    After receiving thousands of requests to give people a way to remove links about themselves from search results, Google is providing Europeans with an online form where they formally ask for link removals. Chief Executive Larry Page said Google is “trying now to be more European, and think about [data collection] maybe more from a European context.” The European Court of Justice ruled this month that search engines are subject to data-protection rules and therefore must remove “outdated, wrong, or irrelevant” information from their indexes. About 40 percent of the requests for link removal come from Germany, with 13 percent from the U.K.

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