UK users granted 18,459 of the 63,616 requests.
Exploiting the European court ruling in May to allow the ‘right to be forgotten’, UK userse have sought Google to scrub over 60,000 web links from its search indexes.
Google has honoured 18,459 of the 63,616 removal requests received from individuals who have some relationship with the UK.
Of the 145,000 web link deletion requests received by Google from Europe, 18,304 came from the UK alone.
Germany reported the highest success rate for their request, with 45% of the about 89,000 URL requests being accepted; 20% of requests made by Italians were accepted.
Overall, Google has approved only over a third of web link removal proposals from Europeans. About half of the overall proposals have been blocked, while a decision is yet to be made on 18% of the links.
Facebook is the highly hit with 3,353 links removed across Europe, while YouTube trails profileengine.com into third with about 2,400 posts being taken down.
The ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) allows EU individuals to seek Google or other search engines to pull out links to data about them which they consider as ‘objectionable’, ‘inadequate’, or ‘irrelevant’.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Google also held a series of meetings across Europe to discuss the issue of privacy and the free flow of information on the internet.
The ruling led to concerns about censorship of precise data in the public domain, and since then Google has been overwhelmed by takedown requests, with some applicants furnishing the search engine with ‘false and inaccurate information’ while filing their requests.