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‘Right to be Forgotten’ Gets Real as Google Wipes Stories from Search Results

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(The Washington Post) – The “right to be forgotten” just got real.

On Wednesday, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Guardian and other British news outlets received notice from Google that some of their content was being removed from search results on some European versions of the search engine.

The purge is the result of a recent decision by the European Court of Justice requiring the search engine to remove “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” personal information from search results upon user request, even if the information is legally available elsewhere. The court said such removal requests must be balanced against the best interest of the publicException: information of scientific or historic value.

The BBC got a note from Google saying a 2007 blog post written by its economics editor, Robert Peston, will be removed:

Notice of removal from Google Search: we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google.

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