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This morning the BBC received the following notification from Google:
"Notice of removal from Google Search: we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google: [bbc.co.uk...]
What it means is that a blog I wrote in 2007 will no longer be findable when searching on Google in Europe.
Google Notifies BBC Of Article Removed Over "Right To Be Forgotten" In E.U. [bbc.co.uk]
However, the article in question isn’t hidden from Google for most of the key search terms – it transpires that it’s only when the name of someone who posted a comment is used in the search, is the article obscured. In other words, the request to ‘hide’ the article wasn’t made by Stan O’Neal or even Merrill Lynch itself, but from a member of the public who didn’t want their name showing up against this article in search results.source: [thenextweb.com ]
After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.source: [bbc.com ]
Articles posted online by the Guardian newspaper were removed earlier this week, but have now returned fully to the search engine.
EU reputation management is now a good bit easier.
When you search for a name, you may see a notice that says that results may have been modified in accordance with data protection law in Europe. We’re showing this notice in Europe when a user searches for most names, not just pages that have been affected by a removal.