A consumer advocacy group is urging the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate why Google has not given American internet users the “right to be forgotten.”
In 2014, a European court mandated that Google remove search results from individuals when asked, if the results are irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate.
“Without a doubt requesting the removal of a search engine link from one’s name to irrelevant data under the Right To Be Forgotten (or Right to Relevancy) is an important privacy option,” wrote Simpson. “Describing yourself as championing users’ privacy while not offering a key privacy tool—indeed one offered all across Europe—is deceptive behavior.”
In the US, Google has removed sensitive information, such as Social Security, bank account, and credit card numbers, from its search engine on a case-by-case basis. Last month, Google said it would honor requests to remove revenge porn, or intimate images and videos shared without the consent of their subjects.