Do EU authorities think that Google needs help … to help Europeans to be forgotten?

Article 29 privacy group met on June 4, 2014 to decide whether a special taskforce of European privacy overseers should monitor Google’s attempts to respond to citizens’ requests to be forgotten. They decided it should.

The taskforce should analyze how European regulators should react in case of complaint of citizens — which might be likely because of the great numbers of requests that Google has been receiving since it put online its form to make the request (it is alleged that Google received 12,000 requests the first day and on June 4, the requests were already more than 40,000). The fact of the matter is that the deletion by Google will not be automatic: Google reserves the right to evaluate the several requests to balance the European citizens’ fundamental right to privacy with the public interest to the information.


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