Google holds first Europe session with expert help to define new 'Right to be Forgotten'

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and privacy and freedom of information experts are holding the first of seven public sessions to help the company define a new "Right to be Forgotten" established by the European Union's top court and when it should take down search result links about citizens claiming information about them is irrelevant or obsolete.

The company has received more than 100,000 requests for takedowns since a May ruling enabled Europeans to ask for the removal of embarrassing personal information that pops up with a search of their names.

Schmidt and panel members including Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales heard differing opinions Tuesday in Madrid from Spanish experts. Google says it is tough with some requests to balance privacy concerns with the public's right to know.