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Hundreds of Finns make Google take-down requests

By the end of June some 800 take-down requests had been submitted to Google from Finland. They relate to a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice that enshrined a ‘right to be forgotten’ in EU law.

Henkilö käyttää googlen hakukonetta.
Image: Philippe Huguen / AFP / Lehtikuva

Hundreds of Finns have asked Google to remove links from its search results. Google told Yle that by the end of June some 800 people in Finland had requested the search engine remove results from its results pages when users enter certain search terms.

The requests cover some 3,000 urls that individuals want Google to remove from search results. They were all made after a European Court of Justice ruling at the end of May concerning the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’.

Under this right an individual can ask that search engines stop referring internet users to web pages when they search for certain terms. Google subsequently opened an online service where users could request that pages be omitted from search results.

The company deals with requests on a case-by-case basis. In all, some 70,000 requests have been made concerning more than 250,000 web pages. The number of Finnish requests was reported first by IT-viikko.

Sources: Yle

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