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BBC publishes list of its pages removed from Google under 'right to be forgotten' ruling

The BBC has published a comprehensive list of its web pages which have been removed from Google under the so-called 'right to be forgotten'.

Last year the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals can insist that search engines filter out links deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant", and 12 months on Google had received more than 250,000 requests.

The BBC's director of editorial policy and standards, David Jordan, said he had taken the step of highlighting all of the corporation's links that have been unlisted so far in order to be "as transparent as possible".

In a blog post containing the full list, he explained that it is not the BBC's policy to remove articles and "the assumption is that what we publish on BBC Online will become part of a permanently accessible archive".

Jordan wrote: "We are doing this primarily as a contribution to public policy. We think it is important that those with an interest in the 'right to be forgotten' can ascertain which articles have been affected by the ruling. We hope it will contribute to the debate about this issue.

"We also think the integrity of the BBC's online archive is important and, although the pages concerned remain published on BBC Online, removal from Google searches makes parts of that archive harder to find."

The BBC plans to republish the list each month with new removals at the top.

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