Google ordered to remove links to articles covering ‘right to be forgotten’


Google has been ordered to remove links to news articles cataloguing its removal of links under the EU ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling from its search results.

The Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO) has told the search engine giant to take down nine search results for an individual’s name, which linked to coverage of the person’s minor criminal offence committed close to a decade ago.

Google had previously removed links to news coverage at the time of the offence following a request from the individual, are deeming the information was ‘no longer relevant’. The ICO is now ruling that subsequent coverage of Google’s removal of the links also be removed within 35 days, despite Google’s protestations that the articles were “an essential part of a recent news story relating to a matter of significant public importance”.

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