A European Commission spokesperson has expressed concern after it emerged that an article by Robert Peston was removed from Google’s search results, saying the company’s decision was “not a good judgment.”
Google responded to the EU ruling on the “right to be forgotten” by removing articles from its European search rankings.
In a blog post, Peston said the search company had removed his article from the public record, but acknowledged that he received a “notice of removal.” sifting
The BBC understands that Google is examining more than 250,000 “irrelevant, outdated, or no longer relevant” web links people wanted to be removed.
“Google clearly has a strong interest in making sure that they’re able to work with whatever the legal requirements are, so they position themselves in a particular way over that,” Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission’s vice president, said in a statement. “It doesn’t come cheap to deal with all of these requests, so they need to find some way to come up with dealing with them.”
Even if the information had been published legally, Google responded to EU ruling by introducing an online form giving visitors to its European sites a formal route to make removal requests.