Google received more than 2.4 million requests to remove URLs from its search engine under European "right to oblivion" laws since they were submitted in May 2014. The new data comes from Google's initiative to expand its transparency reports , and as of today, it will also add new data dating from January 2016 (when Google reviewers started manually annotating URL shipments).
In addition, the new data will also show: a breakdown of private individuals and non-private individuals, such as government officials or companies making applications; the content of the application; the content of the site; and the content exclusion rate. Of the reasons behind the requests, "professional information" tops the list by almost a quarter (24 percent), followed by "self-writing" at 10 percent, and crime and professional conduct at 8 percent and 7 percent , respectively. Google also describes examples of requests it received, the context of why the request was made and the resulting result.
About a third of the removal requests were related to social networks and directory services, while about 21 percent were URLs related to media and government websites that mostly covered someone's legal history. Google has published a draft of its research document on the subject, called "Three years of the right to be forgotten", which has also been sent for peer review.
The European Court of Justice established the "right to oblivion" laws in May 2014, which allows Europeans to request search engines such as Google to remove information about themselves from the results. The search engine would then have to check if that information is "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" and if the public interest in it remains.