After the top European court’s ruling last Tuesday, any individual living in the EU can ask Google to remove results linking to pages containing personal details from their search results. Since then, Google has reportedly been flooded with such requests from people eager to effectively vanish from the public internet.
However, the volume of requests has reputedly been so great that the company is now having to actively devise a new method of dealing with them in order to satisfy the public. Today, the search giant warned that a system that complies fully with the EU’s ruling “could take several weeks” to build and implement. By that time it looks likely that a huge backlog of ‘right to be forgotten’ requests will have built up in the company’s pigeon holes. Potentially, it could take months before people actually see links to personal details of theirs removed from Google’s search results.