Jun 012014
 
A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration. Friday marked the opening of service that will remove questionable data.FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration. Friday marked the opening of service that will remove questionable data.

An awful lot of people do not want to be remembered by Google.

The giant Internet search engine company received 12,000 requests to be “forgotten” on the first day of offering the service.

The queries, received Friday, follow an online form established by Google to allow Europeans to ask for the removal of information about them that shows up in a Google search, Agence France-Presse reported.

Last month, the European Court of Justice ruled that people could ask that outdated or wrong info about then be removed from searches.

The U.S.-based firm would not say how long it will take to purge such data.

Requests will be individually investigated to determine whether they meet the court’s guidelines, the company said.

The court decision followed widespread apprehension in Europe about personal, and perhaps damaging, information being published online.

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