Google’s right to be forgotten might seem like the perfect tool for criminals and shady politicians to hide pasts but new data suggests that most requests are made by average joe citizens.
According to the Guardian newspaper, Less than 5% of nearly 220,000 individual requests made were to remove links related to criminals, politicians and high-profile celebrities.
The data which hasn’t been revealed to the public before was found hidden in the source code of an archived version of Google’s Transparency Report.
The company began processing Right to be Forgotten requests in May 2014 and so far has logged requests from over 280,000 individuals. Here’s some data: