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Google receives 348,085 right to be forgotten requests in Europe

Google has received nearly 350,000 requests to remove 1.2 million links from its search engine results since a top European court ruled last year that individuals have the right to delete personal data from the Internet.

The ruling by the European Court of Justice forced companies to remove personal information from websites if such data is deemed inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.

Google said it obtained a total of 348,085 requests, which covers 1,234,092 URLs, since 29 May 2014.

The company eliminated 42% of URLs from the search engine results while 58% were not removed.

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Ten individual websites account for 9% of the links that users are asking to be removed. Facebook posts were the most popular right to be forgotten requests with 10,220 URLs removed in the past year.

The second most common platform for removals was, with 7,986 links.

The list also included Google Groups, YouTube, Badoo, Annuaire, Twitter, and the Google+ social network.

Earlier this year, the BBC published a list of links that were removed from Google searches under the right to be forgotten ruling. The organisation was the first to reveal what links had been removed.

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