Google reveals right to be forgotten request information

New data shows that around 95 percent of Google's right to be forgotten requests come from members of the general public, with less than 5 percent coming from criminals, politicians, and other public figures. To date, there have been nearly 220,000 individual requests made to Google, most of them seeking to remove private or personal information.

The Guardian was able to find data hidden within the source code of Google's own transparency report that gives some addition details to the types of requests that the company is receiving. The data was found during an analysis of archived versions of Google's transparency report, none of which was public until now.

Of 218,320 requests to remove links between 29 May 2014 and 23 March 2015, 101,461 (46%) have been successfully delisted on individual name searches. Of these, 99,569 involve "private or personal information".

Only 1,892 requests – less than 1% of the overall total – were successful for the four remaining issue types identified within Google's source code: "serious crime" (728 requests), "public figure" (454), "political" (534) or "child protection" (176) – presumably because they concern victims, incidental witnesses, spent convictions, or the private lives of public persons.

Google does aim to be as transparent about the requests as possible, and in a statement to The Guardian the company confirmed that the data did come from Google. Currently, Google is working on the best way to bring the information to the public.

Source: The Guardian