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Google expert advice : When in doubt, for deletion

The expert advisory board set up by Google has asked the US search engine operator to be more generous in approving requests to delete links. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" reported on Thursday that the draft report on the "right to be forgotten" emerged. The majority of the experts spoke out in favor of such an approach. According to the report, Google has so far rejected 60 percent of the 205,000 deletion requests that citizens in Europe have submitted since the judgment of the European Court of Justice last May.
The ECJ ruled that private individuals have a "right to be forgotten" on the Internet. Therefore, search engine operators must now delete links from their search results on request if information on the linked pages violates the personal rights of those affected.
The majority of the eight experts on the advisory board, to which the former Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) belongs, welcomed the ECJ ruling as groundbreaking. They are of the opinion that there is a right to be protected on the Internet and a right to be hidden from searching the net. Only one of the eight experts expressly protests against such a right in the report: Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia.

According to the report, the experts disagree about the scope of the deletion claim: They argue that the majority of them advocate that, when a claim is made to delete links, only the links to EU domains are deleted, as has been the practice at Google since the Luxembourg court ruling. The deletion only affects the European variant of the search, for example Google.de or Google.fr.

The German advisory board member presented a dissenting vote

According to the "SZ" report, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger as a German advisory board member presented a different vote on this. It therefore demands that Google must delete "globally for all domains". "If I do a Google search in Europe on Google.com and find the articles that the deletion claim relates to, the claim is circumvented," she said. According to the report, the so-called Article 29 data protection group, which was set up as an advisory body to the EU Commission for data protection issues 20 years ago, takes a similar view.
However, Google is strictly against such a comprehensive cancellation claim because it would affect the American market. Google convened the so-called "deletion advisory board" shortly after the ECJ ruling, so that it could develop rules and recommendations on how to proceed with complex deletion requests. The committee consulted experts in numerous European countries and also discussed the consequences of the judgment with the public. (AFP)

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