Google ordered to remove links to 'right to be forgotten' removal stories

It's takedown notices all the way down. Takedown notices and turtles.

Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner's office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the 'right to be forgotten' ruling.

The search engine had previously removed links relating to a 10 year-old criminal offence by an individual after requests made under the right to be forgotten ruling. Removal of those links from Google's search results for the claimant's name spurred new news posts detailing the removals, which were then indexed by Google's search engine.

Google refused to remove links to these later news posts, which included details of the original criminal offence, despite them forming part of search results for the claimant's name, arguing that they are an essential part of a recent news story and in the public interest.

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5 Responses:

  1. MattF says:

    Just delete everything. Problem solved.

  2. Tom Lord says:

    This is good. Google is not a library. Google is not the world's archivist. Google is not the arbiter of history. Google is not and never has been a neutral record of net history.

    Google is a corporation that (among other activities) uses people's name and image without their explicit permission and for the specific purposes of mass surveillance and commercial exploitation.

    Google refused to remove links to these later news posts, which included details of the original criminal offence, despite them forming part of search results for the claimant's name, arguing that they are an essential part of a recent news story and in the public interest.

    Google declines to accept any of the liabilities of journalism but wants the protections and standards of journalism applied to itself.

    It's board and executive are evil scum.

    • jwz says:

      Google suck in almost uncountable ways, but that's not the point. See, the internet is a library. The internet is the world's archivist. The internet is the arbiter of history. Failing to save it all is failing ourselves and our descendants and our culture. These new laws are comically stupid and unenforceable, and against everything that is right and proper.

      • Tom Lord says:

        I'm not one to defend the statist rule of law but I don't think this one works like you think it does.