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France fines Google for not being forgetful enough

Peter Sayer | March 28, 2016
Only applying the 'right to be forgotten' to searches on sites aimed at European users was not good enough.

French Internet users have been the keenest to cover up their past, filing 86,901 requests between them, resulting in the removal of 48.4 percent of the 286,163 URLs concerned.

Germany, the most populous country in the EU, generated the second-largest number of requests, followed by the U.K., Spain and Italy.

The right to be delisted is not the only reason Google is asked to hide search results. Between June 2014 and June 2015, governments around the world issued 6,990 removal requests relating to 60,439 items. The company has not yet published figures for the second half of 2015.


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