Google has spoken out about its role in the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ ruling, saying the ruling itself was “vague” and that they received no official guidance to help deal with removal requests.

Speaking at the Web Summit in Ireland, Google’s head of European communications Peter Barron also remarked: “We respected the court’s ruling and decided to follow it.

“Should we have waited for official guidance? We’ve had 160,000 requests, so our feeling was that we could’ve opened ourself up to litigation if we didn’t act.”

When questioned about the number of people at Google working on Right To Be Forgotten Requests, Barron would only say there were “scores” of employees handling it. However, he did reveal that the circa 160,000 requests received so far involved in excess of 500,000 URLs – and that nearly 60% had been rejected.

Responding to Barron’s remarks concerning the ‘vagueness’ of the ruling, head of policy delivery for the UK Information Commissioner’s Office Steve Wood promised official guidance was being worked on.

He said: “Even in the data protection community, we admit the [court’s] decision didn’t get into enough details.

“We’re making good progress and hope to publish some guidance criteria by the end of November across Europe.”

Source: Search Engine Land

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