UK orders Google to remove only SOME search-engine links under ‘right to be forgotten’ law

UK orders Google to remove only SOME search-engine links under ‘right to be forgotten’ law
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[Ed. – This is idiotic.  UK authorities are implementing the law in a way that doesn’t eliminate the old stories, but only tries to ensure that if the complaining party’s own name is searched on, the stories won’t come up.  The individual’s name will nevertheless still remain in the old stories, which will come up if other search terms are used.  Dumbest law ever?]

Google has been ordered to remove nine links to news stories by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the “right to be forgotten”.

Details of a “minor criminal offence” were referenced in the stories regarding an individual, the ICO said. …

It is the links to those new articles, when searched for via the individual’s name, which must now be removed.

In a statement, the ICO revealed that Google had refused to remove the links when asked by the complainant, which is why officials are now stepping in.

Being able to access the links by searching for the complainant by name constitutes a breach of the Data Protection Act, according to the ICO.

“Let’s be clear. We understand that links being removed as a result of this court ruling is something that newspapers want to write about,” said deputy commissioner David Smith.

“And we understand that people need to be able to find these stories through search engines like Google.

“But that does not need them to be revealed when searching on the original complainant’s name.”

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