Google removes first Gazette story about Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester under Right To Be Forgotten ruling

Essex County Standard: Google removes first Gazette story about Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester under Right To Be Forgotten ruling Google removes first Gazette story about Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester under Right To Be Forgotten ruling

A STORY about a funday at the Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester has been the first to be to be erased from Google searches under the controversial new ‘right to be forgotten’ laws.

Google yesterday notified Newsquest Essex, publisher of the Colchester Gazette, it had removed the story about the event organised by the school's Parents and Community Group in May 2008. 

Critics have labelled the ruling by the ECJ – that articles deemed irrelevant or out of date should be wiped from search engine results – censorship and open to abuse by criminals and the powerful who will try to hide information from the public.

The article also includes information about how the Shrub End school faces a merger with Thomas, Lord Audley school, in Monkwick

It is not known why the article was removed from search results. 

A story on another of Newsquest's online titles, the Oxford Mail, was also removed. 

Google notified Newsquest Oxfordshire, publisher of the Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times, it had removed the story about Dr Robert Daniels-Dwyer – who had been convicted of trying to steal £200-worth of Christmas presents from Boots in Cornmarket Street, Oxford – following a European Court of Justice ruling last month.

How the ECJ ruling is flawed

The European Court of Justice’s ruling only extends to Google’s operations and websites in Europe.

That means people living outside of Europe – or people who just use the web address Google.com rather than Google.co.uk – can see the ‘deleted’ search results banned by the court.

You can get around the ECJ ruling by using google.com rather than google.co.uk

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3:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

wormshero says...

It's hilarious and totally going to backfire as Newspapers seem to actually be dragging up the stories again due to Google's censorship. This has been so badly thought through by the ECJ - it's an attempt at censorship, but such an awful one that it's just going to backfire.
It's hilarious and totally going to backfire as Newspapers seem to actually be dragging up the stories again due to Google's censorship. This has been so badly thought through by the ECJ - it's an attempt at censorship, but such an awful one that it's just going to backfire. wormshero
  • Score: 18

5:48pm Thu 3 Jul 14

wearebeingwatched says...

wormshero wrote:
It's hilarious and totally going to backfire as Newspapers seem to actually be dragging up the stories again due to Google's censorship. This has been so badly thought through by the ECJ - it's an attempt at censorship, but such an awful one that it's just going to backfire.
Unfortunately it is not google's censorship it is the courts that ordered them to do it.

What I find amusing is the fact that google are not publishing these stories they are only linking to them. When they remove the link, the story/article is still available to all at the original source.

It is like censoring the paper boy for delivering the newspaper that has a story about you in it.
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: It's hilarious and totally going to backfire as Newspapers seem to actually be dragging up the stories again due to Google's censorship. This has been so badly thought through by the ECJ - it's an attempt at censorship, but such an awful one that it's just going to backfire.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it is not google's censorship it is the courts that ordered them to do it. What I find amusing is the fact that google are not publishing these stories they are only linking to them. When they remove the link, the story/article is still available to all at the original source. It is like censoring the paper boy for delivering the newspaper that has a story about you in it. wearebeingwatched
  • Score: 6

6:10pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Google isn't the only search engine: people can just go to other search engines (a bit like Micro$oft Windoze isn't the only operating system, there are others). Or, as wearbeingwatched says, go to the original story on the internet.
Google isn't the only search engine: people can just go to other search engines (a bit like Micro$oft Windoze isn't the only operating system, there are others). Or, as wearbeingwatched says, go to the original story on the internet. Im_Like_HELLO
  • Score: 3

8:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

brooks says...

just makes one think that the people that want the news articles removed from google have got something they want to keep hidden.....hmmm
just makes one think that the people that want the news articles removed from google have got something they want to keep hidden.....hmmm brooks
  • Score: 5

9:33pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

No chance we can erase Colchester Council instead under the new rulings?
No chance we can erase Colchester Council instead under the new rulings? Nom De Plume
  • Score: 1

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