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It begins: Google is asked to remove search results after Europe ruling

It begins: Google is asked to remove search results after Europe ruling
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European courts have ruled that people have the "right to be forgotten" - and the first fallout of that has begun.

Requests have started coming in to Google to remove search results. The company hasn't yet figured out how to handle the flood of more requests likely to come.

The European Union court says Internet search services must remove information that's considered "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" under penalty of fines.

"A simple way of understanding what happened here is that you have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know. From Google's perspective that's a balance," [Google Executive Chairman Eric] Schmidt said. "Google believes having looked at the decision, which is binding, that the balance that was struck was wrong."

Google is going to need to have removal experts in each of the 28 EU countries, a source says. The removal will have to come quickly, or else the requester can take them to court.

This ruling is a huge headache for Google and other search providers. But don't look for a similar ruling in the U.S. - the First Amendment will have something to say about that.

A lot of stuff on you is already out there. But you can keep more information from getting out. Here are 4 ways to stay hidden online.

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Source: Reuters
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