Friday, 30 May 2014

Google launches online data removal request form for Europe

Google has created an online form for people in Europe to request that personal data be removed from search requests.

An interesting point is made by BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones - "Some have pointed out that information won't be removed from google.com, just your local version of the search engine, while others question the sheer practicality." So something that may be removed from Google.co.uk may still be accessible at Google.com - the US has a First Amendment guaranteeing free speech, which would apparently make an equivalent scheme in the US - where Google.com serves - impossible.

The full story is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27631001

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

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