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The BBC has "set a precedent" for other media organisations by publishing a list of links removed from Google searches, the corporation's policy boss has said.
The links were removed as part of the "right to be forgotten" ruling put in place by the European court.
It allows individuals to request certain links do not show up when a person searches their name.
originally posted by: paraphi
I am in two minds about the "right to be forgotten". On the one hand I think that people who have been falsely accused, or slighted maliciously deserve their privacy. However, on the other hand what is reported in the news is a public record so should not be "hidden", although in reality they are just hidden from Google results. This is deceitful.
I also have concern that people now have the power to impose censorship on their behalf, which is worrying.
I think this is a brave decision by the BBC, although it probably won't turn up on Google if you look!
Sometimes things are not always as they seem. Governments have access to whole benches of experts in universities, think tanks, industry etc, who can answers questions like " if we did x what or where would it lead to, how would it pan out, what would the end result. For this reason governments always know what the results of their actions will be before they even pass a given law.
These experts are able turn the questions around and say to government, If you want to achieve y, make x law.
You can be fairly certain that this is what the government has done. You can be certain that what they done in this instance was to achieve a specific objective even it is nothing more then that it fits into a long term plan.