Google EU Was Made to Remove Links to Removal StoriesAdded: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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The search engine has been ordered to remove 9 links to current news stories telling about older reports which themselves had been removed from search results according to the “right-to-be-forgotten” court ruling.
Before, Google removed links relating to a decade-old criminal offence under the “right-to-be-forgotten” court ruling. Removal of those links ignited news posts detailing the removals. Of course, Google indexed those news stories like everything else. The company refused to remove links to later news posts, even though they formed part of search results, claiming that they are an essential part of a recent news story and in the public interest.
Now the ICO ordered Google to remove the links from its search results within 35 days or appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber against the notice. As you know, the “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling allows EU citizens to request removal of outdated data about them from search results. Since Google dominates the European search market, accounting for about 90% of it, it became the primary focus of the rulings and watchdog attention.
The ICO explained that it was not a case where the data was about an individual in public life or where it would protect the public from improper conduct. In other words, in this particular case, the information was not reasonably current. However, the ICO accepted that the search results in this case relate to journalistic content. In addition, the ICO did not dispute that journalistic stories about decisions to delist search results may be newsworthy or in the public interest, which can be met without a search made on the basis of the complainant’s name.
As a result, the tech giant alerted news outfits to early link removals using its webmaster tools. This prompted some news groups to detail which links had been removed in news updates. A couple months ago, the BBC detailed all the links removed to its published articles. The same was made by the Telegraph, which also published details of link removals affecting its website.
The ICO clarified the situation, saying that the links being removed as a result of the “right-to-be-forgotten” court ruling are understandably something that news organizations want to write about. And though the watchdog understands that people need to be able to find these stories via search engines, it points out that they can still be found if searching not on complainant’s name but using other search words.
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