School of Law

Google ordered to remove news links by UK authority - Professor Ian Walden comments

25 August 2015

Google has been ordered to remove nine links to news stories by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) under the 'right to be forgotten'. Details of a 'minor criminal offence' were referenced in the stories regarding an individual, the ICO said, but Google had initially refused to remove the links when asked by the complainant. 

In a BBC News article Professor Ian Walden commented on the ruling: "In five years' time perhaps Google will say, 'It's not worth the hassle, let's take down more stuff, let's not spend as much time evaluating the case,' - they obviously have to employ people for this."