Thousands of Britons seek ‘right to be forgotten’

The BBC News website reports that 18,304 requests were made to Google to remove weblinks from search results by UK residents under European “right to be forgotten laws”.  According to Google it removed 35% or 18,459 links to web pages following these requests.

It follows a European Court of Justice ruling that links to irrelevant and outdated data can be erased on request; however, the ruling sparked criticisms over censorship of material.

Google has given examples of the sort of requests it had received and also those it had refused in its transparency report, which is available online at: