After a ruling from the European privacy watchdog to remove results from search engines following individual requests, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has worked around a way out of the ruling. The search engine giant is removing search results from its European websites only unlike the EU ruling.
Google has always argued against the ruling stating that the results should only be removed from the European websites. However, EU regulators committee, the Article 29 Working Party, passed another ruling in November asking search engines to scratch out the results from its global sites as well. The chief legal officer for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), David Drummond, said that the company has not altered its approach since the November ruling and the search engine company is awaiting a report from experts doing research on the ruling.
Drummond further added that the company would consider the report, ruling from the Article 29 Working party and some other inputs before devising a new approach. He said that there should be a way to limit the concept because it’s a European ruling. At the same time, Drummond mentioned about the current approach of the company adding,
“We’ve had a basic approach, we’ve followed it, on this question we’ve made removals Europe-wide but not beyond.”
The EU regulators have put special emphasis over the implementation of the ruling around 28 member states and in case the company fails to comply with the request of an individual, the individual has the right to complain the issue to the respective national data protection agency.
Until now, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has received over 200,000 requests affecting search results for more than 700,000 URLs.
Earlier, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is said to acquire Softcard, mobile-payments solution provider, company for $50 million. Softcard would help the search engine company compete against Apple Pay from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.