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Google ordered to remember to forget Right to be Forgotten removal stories

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered Google to take down links to nine news stories documenting previous articles which have been removed uner the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling.

With the EU ruling now going meta, stories documenting removed stories are being removed from Google’s search nexus due to them mentioning why the original posts were removed.

The repetition of supposed forgotten issues was recently defended by Google however with it claiming the names and reasons for the removals were in the public interest.

David Smith, deputy commissioner, said: “Google was right, in its original decision, to accept that search results relating to the complainant’s historic conviction were no longer relevant and were having a negative impact on privacy. It is wrong of them to now refuse to remove newer links that reveal the same details and have the same negative impact.

“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. 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.”

The ICO gave the search engine 35 days to respond to its demands.

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