Google will start scrubbing search results across all its websites when accessed from a European country to soothe the objections of Europe’s privacy regulators to its implementation of a landmark E.U. ruling, a person close to the company said.
To address the concerns of European authorities, the Internet giant will soon start polishing search results across all its websites when someone conducts a search from the country where the removal request originated, a person close to the company said.
That means that if a German resident asks Google to de-list a link popping up under searches for his or her name, the link will not be visible on any version of Google’s website, including Google.com, when the search engine is accessed from Germany.
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Worth mentioning that a user in Germany, for example, could use a VPN (virtual private network) to access Google a from non-European IP address thereby seeing ALL results. It will be interesting to see if Google will eventually begin blocking known VPN IP addresses (as Netflix says it will do) and begin a never ending game of cat and mouse. Using Tor (with a tweak or two) is another way of potentially avoiding the blocked results.