Newspapers start to receive take-down requests
By Joelle Rich
It has been reported that several newspapers and broadcasters are starting to be contacted by those seeking to have details of their past removed from the publishers’ online archives following the European court ruling against Google.
Papers are receiving ‘take-down’ requests following the ruling that determined that anyone can demand the removal of information relating to them from search engines. In theory, this right to be forgotten could apply to newspapers that use search engines such as Google to power their archive function. Most of the requests to date appear to be historic reports about crime.
News organisations presently try to rely on a journalistic exemption under section 32 of the Data Protection Act when complaints are received about the use of someone’s data, although the remit of this exemption is in fact far narrower than the press accept. As it stands, newspapers say that they will be judging each request on its merits and will only take down articles in exceptional circumstances. The BBC has confirmed that it has not removed any articles yet as they consider the impact of the Google ruling…
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