Google counter attacks EC with rights to be forgotten
Google tried its best to wriggle out of the rights to be forgotten ruling. However, it was flooded with thousands of requests by users to wipe them out from search results.
Google is now using the same ruling against EC by removing a BBC article from its search results which speaks about one of the key people behind the ruling.
Ryan Heath, spokesman for the EC said that he could not see a reasonable public interest for this action of Google and also added that Google must not let people use the right to be forgotten as a means to photoshop their lives.
The search giant started removing links to certain stories in the European search results as a result of requests made by people to not show such links in the search results. The people who made the requests felt that the stories were “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.”
The company also sent a notification to BBC’s economics editor Robert Peston that one of his articles were removed from search results.
The notification read, 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.”
However, Google did not particularly mention which articles were removed and who made the request for it immediately. A search for it showed that his 2007 article in which he has discussed how former Merrill Lynch chairman Stan O’Neal has ousted from Merrill Lynch and the colossal losses on inventories of sub prime loans was removed from Google search results. On discovery of this piece of information, the only celebrity in discussion was O’Neal and it must be his request that made Google remove the link.
Other news companies like the Guardian were also supplied with notice that some of their articles won’t be listed among the search results.