Google Removed 443,545 URLs Out Of 1,239,955 URLs requests

individuals have the right to ask search engines like Google to remove certain results about them.

Top Ten Domains Which are the Total 9% Of URLs Removed

  • www.facebook.com - URLs removed: 10278
  • profileengine.com - URLs removed: 8022
  • groups.google.com - URLs removed: 6771
  • www.youtube.com - URLs removed: 5393
  • badoo.com - URLs removed: 4436
  • plus.google.com - URLs removed: 4168
  • annuaire.118712.fr - URLs removed: 3981
  • twitter.com - URLs removed: 3915
  • www.wherevent.com - URLs removed: 3482
  • www.192.com - URLs removed: 3090

Who may request a removal?

Individuals can request removal of search results according to European data protection laws. We also allow people to make requests on behalf of others, so long as they can affirm that they are legally authorized to do so.

How do you evaluate requests?

We have carefully developed criteria in alignment with the Article 29 Working Party’s guidelines. After a request is submitted to us via our webform it undergoes a manual review. There are no categories of requests that are automatically rejected by humans or by machines.
Our evaluation process consists of four steps:
  1. Does the request contain all the necessary information for us to be able to make a decision?
  2. Does the person making the request have a connection to a European country, such as residency or citizenship?
  3. Do the pages appear in search results for the requester's name and does the requester's name appear on the page(s) requested for delisting?
  4. Does the page requested for removal include information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive, based on the information that the requester provides? Is there a public interest in that information remaining available in search results generated by a search for the requester’s name?
If an individual files a request with us that does not contain sufficient information for us to make a decision, we may ask for supplementary information to support our evaluation.
In order to demonstrate the scope of removal requests, we have included a section of request summaries on the Transparency Report.

What are some common scenarios for delisting pages?

Some of the most common material factors involved in decisions to delist pages include:
  • Clear absence of public interest: For example, aggregator sites with pages that contain personal contact or address information, instances where the requester’s name no longer appears on the page, and pages that are no longer online (404 error).
  • Sensitive information: Pages with content that relates solely to information about someone’s health, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation and trade-union status.
  • Content relating to minors: Content that relates to minors or to minor crimes that occurred when the requester was a minor.
  • Spent convictions/exonerations/acquittals for crimes: Consistent with local law governing the rehabilitation of offenders, we tend to weigh in favor of delisting content relating to a conviction that is spent, accusations that are proven false in a court of law, or content relating to a criminal charge of which the requester was acquitted. We also consider the age of this content and the nature of the crime in our analysis.

What are some common scenarios where you do not delist pages?

Some of the most common material factors involved in decisions not to delist pages are:
  • Alternative solutions: There’s another avenue for the requestor to delist that page from our search results. For example, a requester may have published the content to a site that allows users to prevent the content from appearing in search results. We point requesters to information about these tools when we can.
  • Technical reasons: An incomplete or broken URL is a common technical error. Requesters also sometimes ask us to delist pages for a query that doesn’t match his/her name or the name of the person the requester claims to represent.
  • Duplicate URL by same individual: A requester submits multiple requests to delist the same page for the same name.
  • Strong public interest: We may decline to delist if we determined that the page contains information which is strongly in the public interest. Determining whether content is in the public interest is complex and may mean considering many diverse factors, including—but not limited to—whether the content relates to the requester’s professional life, a past crime, political office, position in public life, or whether the content itself is self-authored content, government documents, or journalistic in nature. 
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Google Removed 443,545 URLs Out Of 1,239,955 URLs requests Google Removed 443,545 URLs Out Of 1,239,955 URLs requests Reviewed by Shivaprakash Hiremath on 11/30/2015 Rating: 5
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