Right to be Forgotten
On May 13, 2014 the EU Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to request search engines (like Google, Bing or Yahoo!) to remove certain search results about them. Somehow, this ruling has come to be known under the inapt but sticky banner "the right to be forgotten", which has left some confused about the reach and implications of the actual "removal" that EU citizens can request.
Far from erasing yourself from the Internet, what the ruling has made possible for EU citizens is to request specific URLs to not come up in, say Google's results, when typing their name as the search query. No actual information is being removed from the Internet; no actual URLs are being removed from the Internet; the removal of the search result only applies to queries made on any of the European versions of Google (so a search made outside of the EU remains unaffected); and finally, any removal of search results will only apply to a query of the individual's name - the result will still show up when querying other relevant search terms.
Removal requests for all EU +4 countries over time
There are significant differences between the European countries in how many URLs actually get removed by Google. While some countries get close to half of all requested URLs removed, others have close to 75% rejected. Because a removal request can include any number of URLs, you might wonder if the countries with higher percentages of URL removal requests rejected perhaps also have more URLs involved per removal request. This does not seem to be the case (although these averages might still hide a correlation between the two). Google's evaluation process is not completely transparent, so it is hard to verify if Bulgarians indeed find it so much harder than Norwegians to hand in satisfactory requests.