Folks in Europe hoping to have search results deleted, have sent to Google an average of 10,000 requests per day, or one every 7 seconds, as Europeans exercise their newly-won “right to be forgotten.”
Google said Tuesday it had received 41,000 requests from people in the first four days after posting a request page late last week, the Wall Street Journal reports, amounting to more than 10,000 requests per day, or roughly 7 each minute.
The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice ruled last month that search engines must accept requests to remove links from individual name searches. Critics of the court’s ruling say it could limit free speech and allow for a whitewashing of the internet.
European Commissioner for Justice ‘Viviane Reding” was quoted in a BBC, said: Right to Be Forgotten will be relatively easy for Google to administer.
An example was provided in The Guardian’s article about the Reding interview:
“BBC Radio 5 also heard from Bradley, an engineer who had requested that Google remove his personal data relating to a drink-driving conviction in 2006. Bradley, who requested that his surname not be used, lost his job some years later after his conviction was discovered by a union representative googling him.”
The sheer volume of requests has led Google to consider hire new staffers or re-dedicating staffers to deal with submissions.