11,469 Italians want to be forgotten by Google

11,469 Italians want to be forgotten by Google
Google received a total of 11,469 requests from Italians asking to be forgotten. Screengrab: Google
Over 11,000 Italians have taken advantage of the May ruling by the EU Court of Justice that gave Europeans the right to request search engines like Google remove results about them.

Google's latest Transparency Report showed that the search engine received a total of 11,469 requests from Italy that affect 39,589 URLs. Of those requests, Google removed 24.2 percent of the URLs and rejected 75.8 percent of the requests.

Among the requests accepted was one from a woman who asked that the site remove a decades-old article about her husband’s murder, which included her name, as well as one from a crime victim who asked for three links discussing the crime, which happened many years ago, to be removed.

Among those rejected was a request from an individual, who asked for links about his arrest for financial crimes, to be removed.

The American tech giant received 144,907 requests from Europeans to remove links from the results that come up when searching their names.

Facebook was the site most affected by the ‘right to be forgotten’, with 3,353 URLs removed from the social media behemoth. 

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