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Sunday 21 September 2014

Google receives 562 removal requests from Irish users

Aidrian Weckler

Published 06/07/2014 | 00:00

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Google has received 562 deletion requests.
Google has received 562 deletion requests.

Google has received 562 separate deletion requests in Ireland under a new European law that allows individuals to force the removal of embarrassing, incorrect or outdated search results.

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The ‘right to be forgotten’ requests related to 1,962 URL links to articles and images published online by newspapers and other content providers. Google declined to comment on how many of the 562 rquests resulted in deletions or which publications’ articles were most targeted.

The 562 Irish deletion requests compare to 8,497 deletion requests for Britain 12,678 for Germany and 14,086 for France.

Last week, the Guardian and the BBC were informed that Google searches linking to separate articles about former Merrill Lynch banker Stan O’Neal and a Scottish football referee had been removed under the ruling.

Under EU law, ‘public interest’ exceptions can be made to removal requests, decided by Google and the Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, Irish lawyers and IT security professionals say they are starting to offer Google link-removal services here.

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