Washington: Google has revealed that France tops the list of countries that have filed requests for removal of links from the engine`s search results under the European Union`s recent right to be forgotten ruling.
Google has received 17,500 requests involving around 58,000 URLs from France, CNET reported. Germany comes a close second with 16,500 requests referring to around 57,000 URLs followed by the United Kingdom that has made 12,000 requests concerning 44,000 URLs.
The revelations were made in a letter addressed to the EU by Google.
About 53 percent of requests received by the search engine giant in Europe have been delisted as requested, 32 percent have been denied while the rest have been requested by Google to furnish more information on the request.
The letter also delineates the process and the privacy measures followed by Google while delisting the requested links.
A EU ruling in May legalized every individual`s right to be forgotten` while stating that anyone could file a request demanding themselves to be removed from the search engine results. The ruling is binding on all search engines.