Tuesday, August 25, 2015

U.K. Wants to Remove Links to Stories About Removing Links to Stories

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(WSJ) Britain’s privacy watchdog wants the right to forget the “Streisand Effect.”

The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office on Thursday ordered Google Inc. to remove links to a flurry of news stories that detailed one of the first cases in which the search engine had granted a removal under Europe’s new right to be forgotten.

The removal in question appears to be that of a story about a decade-old shoplifting conviction, according to details supplied in the order. It was one of several removals that came to light in the wake of the May 2014 decision by the European Union’s top court to create the new right which gives European residents the ability to request that search engines uncouple links containing outdated or irrelevant personal information from searches for their own names.

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