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POSTED | 8:47 AM | 02-06-2014

12,000 ask Google to be 'forgotten'

Over 12,000 people have lodged requests to be “forgotten” by Google on the first day the search giant offered the service.

The deluge of requests comes after a ruling in early May by the European Court of Justice that gave individuals the right to have outdated or inaccurate articles or links removed from search results.

Google has previously labelled the court's finding disappointing.

Grounds for removal include “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.”

The service is only available to European citizens. If they are successful, the links will only be removed from European search findings.

Google has so far declined to indicate how quickly the links will be removed. The forms will be fielded by Google staff rather than software.

Applicants must include an explanation of why the information should be removed and digital copies of photo identification.

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