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Google gets take-down requests after European court ruling

Published on May 15, 2014 2:58 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Google Inc is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe's top court ruled that subjects have the "right to be forgotten," a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The world's No. 1 Internet search company has yet to figure out how to handle an expected flood of requests after Tuesday's ruling, said the source, who is not authorised to speak on the record about the issue.

The decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which affects the region's 500 citizens, requires that Internet search services remove information deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant."

Failure to do so can result in fines.

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