Google is struggling to deal with the workload, having received over 41,000 requests in the first four days alone. It’s now updated its technical infrastructure, started ploughing through the backlog, and is implementing successful requests.
But the decision has implications for other businesses too. Google had argued that, because it didn’t control the information on the sites it linked to, it wasn’t a data controller. But the court saw things differently. Because the company “determined the purposes and means of the processing of personal data”, then it is a data controller, the judges ruled.