Leaked Google Data Makes Company More Transparent Than It Wants To Be

Leaked Google Data Makes Company More Transparent Than It Wants To Be


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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