If you live within the United States and never heard of the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling from Google then it shouldn’t be a surprise. This particular act isn’t available within the United States, though activist groups are now demanding Google to offer the ‘right to be forgotten’ that would allow more options to come available to protect your privacy and remove inaccurate information. This ruling, if made available to the United States, would allow the general public to request certain links with false or misleading information to be taken down from the Google search engine although there are some issues that have already come up within regions that offer the ruling from Google.
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At first this ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling was made available within Europe. Google gave new privacy options to help remove false information based around individuals that appears in inaccurate links within the Google search engine. Since these new options were made available, Google has reportedly taken down over 40% of all URL takedown requests made by users. With that said, Google still retains the control of what content is taken down if they find that the link contains false information though users who were denied their request can make an appeal.
However, there are still issues resulting within Europe because of the ‘rights to be forgotten’ ruling. While Google will take down the inaccurate link within their specific search engine, that particular link is only taken down within the country. A French court even ruled that Google must take down links worldwide and not the specific country a user sent the request in otherwise Google will be facing sanctions.
An activist group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission in order for Google to offer the set of privacy control options within the United States but it may be a bit tougher trying to get links to be taken down. While Google has been helping Americans in removing certain content online such as the ability to take down “revenge porn” which are explicit images uploaded online without a person’s consent, other categories may be protected by the First Amendment. So far Google has kept their silence on the matter and has yet to make an official statement.