Bitter memories

These are the things people want Google to forget about them

Last week, Quartz wrote about, a service that aims to make it easier for Europeans to request Google to de-list search results to information about them that is “irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate.” (The European Court of Justice recently laid down (pdf) when Google must comply with such requests.) A week in, has received 1,106 applications asking for 5,218 links to be taken down. Here’s what people don’t want other people to know about them.

The largest single complaint has to do with invasion of privacy, which breaks down to the following categories:

The largest number of “defamation” complaints were made by people who said their names have “been mentioned in matters which I am completely extraneous to”:

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