Data related to Google’s “Right to be forgotten” (RTBF) removal requests was just torn from the source code of its very own transparency report.
The Guardian reports that “less than 5% of nearly 220,000 individual requests made to Google to selectively remove links to online information concern criminals, politicians and high-profile public figures.”
What this means is that the vast majority of requests (95%) are indeed coming from regular members of the public looking to remove pieces of personal data from the web, rather than from criminals and corrupt politicians as a common narrative seems to have been. In several countries (France and Germany among them), the amount of requests related to private personal information requests hovered above 98%.
The released data also shows the percentage breakdown of the separate categories of requests. For instance, though the “granted” rate of private personal requests stands at 48%, the rate of approval is much lower (18%) for requests…
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