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Thousands want to be forgotten on Google searches after European court ruling

The big boy Google has already received over 12,000 requests from people seeking to be “forgotten”. That is on the first day it offered the service according to one of the company’s managers.

The requests, submitted on Friday, came after Google set up an online form to allow Europeans to request the removal of results about them from internet searches.

These estimates are given by the German daily Der Spiegel and reported in other media.

The action by google started early in may with the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches in certain circumstances, such as if the data is outdated or inaccurate.

The US-based internet giant declined to estimate how long it might take for the links to disappear, saying factors such as whether requests are clear-cut will affect how long it takes.

The ruling on the right to be forgotten comes amid growing concern in the world about individuals’ ability to protect their personal data and manage their reputations online.