On May 13, 2014, a Judgment was issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union that came to change the Internet as we knew it until then.
That day people began to know what was commonly called the “right to be forgotten”, since, according to the sentence, Internet search engines are responsible for the processing of personal data that appear on the web of third parties, Therefore, an individual may require any search engine to delete their personal data in its database..
According to the EFE agency, the latest data reveals that European users have asked Google to remove a total of 3,129,077 addresses, of which 44.6 percent have been removed, or what is the same, a total of 1,200,746 links.
Spain is the fourth European country with the highest number of requests for the right to be forgotten
Regarding our country Spain, since 2014 and in just 5 years, Google has received in Spain almost 80,000 requests from users exercising their right to be forgotten.
According to Google’s own sources, the cases are studied one by one, the most common reasons for the withdrawal of this information being the absence of public interest, sensitive information such as sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or religion, because it is related content with minors or for convictions or prescribed criminal records.
Despite this, Google may decide not to remove the URLs, citing factors such as technical reasons, duplicate URLs or because honestly the information that exists on the Internet is of “great public interest”.
This means that it is Google itself who always has the last word about what content can or cannot be removed from its databases.
Something that really does not stop being somewhat controversial.
Among the European countries with the highest number of applications for the right to be forgotten, France stands out with 177,302 applications, Germany with 131,949 and the United Kingdom with 97,392.
Spain is in fourth place. Regarding the websites with the highest number of URLs urged to Google for removal, social networks, directories and news obviously stand out.
Google itself provided a form for anyone interested in exercising the right to be forgotten in a simple way, although as we have said before, depends on Mountain View’s own company whether our information that exists on the Internet is removed or not.
Google will seek a balance between the privacy rights of users and the right of the public to know and distribute information.
When evaluating your request, Google will examine whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there is public interest in that information.
The right to be forgotten exemplifies the importance of privacy on the Internet. For this reason, many times it is preferable to be more jealous of ourselves and not share everything about our lives on social networks, than to later regret it and have to ask Google to remove that photo or that link that harms us.