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EU designated terrorists to request for delisting reports of their crimes from Google search

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EU designated terrorists request for delisting reports of their crimes from Google search

Google reported that it has received millions of requests from relatives of or convicted terrorists/ criminals to take down the news reports from the internet which carried detailed information about their crime.

The technology giant said that it received these requests from terrorists across Europe under the EU’s “right to be forgotten” scheme. EU launched the scheme about 6 years ago and so far the company received over 1 million requests to delete more than 3.5 million web pages. The perpetrators ask the company to permanently remove the details of their crimes from their search engine.

The company said that it reviews all the requests manually on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, it even asks the concerned person to submit more information.

The media giant said, “After a request is submitted to us via our webform it undergoes a manual review.

“Once we reach a decision, the individual will receive an email notifying him or her of our decision and, if we do not delist the URL, a brief explanation.

“A few common material factors involved in decisions not to delist pages include the existence of alternative solutions, technical reasons, or duplicate URLs.

“We may also determine that the page contains information which is strongly in the public interest.

“Determining whether the 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 is self-authored content, consists of government documents or is journalistic in nature.”

The company added, “We received a request from a relative of a perpetrator of the 2005 London terrorist attacks to delist two news articles from Google Search.”

“The articles, published in the context of the 2017 Westminster terrorist attack, briefly mention the relative as having given an interview in 2006 about views on terrorism and personal experience as a relative of a terrorist.

“We did not delist the two URLs for public interest purposes.”

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