Right To Be Forgotten just can’t catch a break. Yesterday, more fire kindling has been thrown onto the bonfire when, according to a release, 50 links to Wikipedia have been removed from Google search results due to the Right To Be Forgotten legislation.
Here is a bit form the release:
As of July 18, Google has received more than 91,000 removal requests involving more than 328,000 links; of these, more than 50% of the URLs processed have been removed. More than fifty of these links were to content on Wikipedia.
Wikimedia claims that it was made aware of the recent removal of links to Wikipedia because Google sent notices to the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikiemdia is opposing the Right To Be Forgotten decision and “its implications for free knowledge.”
Wikimedia had this to say:
Search engines have no legal obligation to send such notices. Indeed, their ability to continue to do so may be in jeopardy. Since search engines are not required to provide affected sites with notice, other search engines may have removed additional links from their results without our knowledge. This lack of transparent policies and procedures is only one of many flaws in the European decision.
The Wikimedia Foundation has launched a dedicated page where they are going to post the link removal notices with the intention of of moving towards more transparency around Right To Be Forgotten.