BBC Lists Directory Of Pages Removed Over Right to be Forgotten

Jun 29, 2015 • 8:08 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google News & Finances

BBC LogoThe BBC has posted a web page listing all the pages they were asked to remove due to the Right to be Forgotten EU law.

The BBC said:

The BBC has decided to make clear to licence fee payers which pages have been removed from Google's search results by publishing this list of links. Each month, we'll republish this list with new removals added at the top.

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.

Yes, this page is indexed by Google in Google UK:

BBC Lists RTBF Links

The folks at WebmasterWorld are happy about this, but the truth is, Google is not to blame for complying, it is the law. The BBC added a update to their post saying:

Google has asked us to point out that links to the BBC articles below are only delisted from results for queries on certain names. They are not removed from the Google index entirely. We're happy to make that clear.

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