Google acts on Europe’s “right to be forgotten” law

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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What other countries and governments will begin demanding that Google take down user data?

As convenient as the internet is in keeping us all interconnected, it also stockpiles tons of data on our lives. Sometimes, that can come back to haunt you, especially if you made a mistake years ago that still shows up on a Google search as fresh as the day it happened.

Now, following the European Union’s historic “right to be forgotten” law, Google has begun removing the data of citizens who submit a request.

Internet privacy and personal data rights have been hot topic issues lately, especially since the world found out that the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting e-mails, phone records, and even selfies. Former NSA employee Edward Snowden has been spilling the beans on the organization’s actions for the past year while hiding in Russia, and everyone from major world leaders to common citizens have been demanding control over their own personal information and records.

This increased public pressure led to the new internet law passed in Europe recently, which allows people to ask Google to remove outdated information from the search engine.

“This week we’re starting to take action on removals requests that we’ve received,” said a Google spokesman on Thursday. “This is a new process for us. Each request has to be assessed individually and we’re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue.” Already, the search engine giant is receiving upwards of 10,000 requests a day!

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