Google Adds European Search De-Listing Requests To Its Transparency Report

Google Adds European Search De-Listing Requests To Its Transparency Report……Google’s European search privacy page also provides a small smattering of sample requests (with generic details and specifics like names removed), to illustrate the types of requests it is granting and refusing.

Samples of granted requests currently listed by Google include:

A woman requested that we remove a decades-old article about her husband’s murder, which included her name. [Italy]
A victim of rape asked us to remove a link to a newspaper article about the crime. [Germany]
We received a request from a crime victim to remove 3 links that discuss the crime, which occurred decades ago. [Italy]

Samples of requests it has refused so far include:

A media professional requested that we remove 4 links to articles reporting on embarrassing content he posted to the Internet. [UK]
We received multiple requests from a single individual who asked us to remove 20 links to recent articles about his arrest for financial crimes committed in a professional capacity. [Italy]
A financial professional asked us to remove more than 10 links to pages reporting on his arrest and conviction for financial crimes. [Switzerland]

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Google has published some new details about the search index de-listing requests it’s receiving in Europe. The information is being put online in a new section of its Transparency Report where it also details link removal requests it fields from governments and courts, and also copyright requests — the latter forming the vast majority of Google link removal requests.

The new section is called European privacy in search. Here Google is breaking out the number of URLs and removal requests it has received and processed per European country, along with the proportion of URLs that it has and has not removed. Overall, Google says it has received 146,357 requests for de-indexing across Europe, with 498,737 URLs evaluated so far. The proportion of requests granted overall is just under half (41.8%).

In the U.K., the page reveals Google has so far received 18,486 requests for de-indexing covering a total of 63,616 URLs — and has granted just over a third (35.4%). While…

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