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Wikipedia Publishes Full List Of 'Right To Forget' Requests

06/08/2014 16:48 BST | Updated 06/08/2014 16:59 BST

Wikipedia has published its first transparency report, detailing the number of requests it has received for user data or for content to be removed.

These are essentially all of the links that have been successfully removed from Google following the introduction of the 'right to forget' bill which allows a person to request the removal of information from search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Showing its clear displeasure with this bill Wikimedia -- the organisation that owns Wikipedia -- has come forward and revealed all of the entries that had been removed from Google.

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The figures have been broken down into three types of request: user data, content and takedown, and copyright infringements. These are the key figures from the report, which covers the last two years.

56 requests were made for user data, with 15 of those coming from government sources. Information was produced on eight occasions, with 11 user accounts being affected. Four of the total requests came from the UK, and none were granted.

In comparison, in the period between July 2012 and June 2013, Google received more than 27,000 requests for user data, of which more than 17,000 saw information produced.

In the last two years, the Wikimedia Foundation received 304 requests for content to be altered or taken down. The report states that none of these requests were granted.

32 of the content takedown request came from the UK, with 105 from United States. The English version of Wikipedia was also the most targeted, with 65 requests directed at that version.

Between June 2012 and July 2014, 58 requests were made for takedowns relating to copyright. 41% of the requests were granted. Four of the requests came from the UK, but none was granted. In contrast more than half the 31 requests from the United States were granted (17).