Google initially refused to remove search results to stories about the "right to be forgotten" law, explaining that the censorship of this content is "a matter of significant public importance." The UK Information Commissioner's Office actually agrees, but with the caveat that the specific case in question is hanging a non-public figure's laundry out to dry for no good reason. "Content relating to the decisions to delist search results may be newsworthy and in the public interest," the Commissioner's Office writes. "However, that interest can be adequately and properly met without a search made on the basis of the complainant's name."
The Commission has given Google 35 days to remove the offending links, though Google has the right to appeal the order. It's a tough issue. What's more important -- the right to be forgotten, or ensuring that access to relevant news about search censorship is available? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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