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This article was published on June 25, 2015

The BBC is listing its pages removed from Google ‘as a contribution to public policy’

The BBC is listing its pages removed from Google ‘as a contribution to public policy’
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Now that Google has begun removing links in response to Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law, the BBC is cataloging its links that have been taken down.

Though the links will no longer be found via Google search, they do remain live on the BBC website archive. In an effort to remain transparent to license fee payers — and provide a central place for users to find links they may not via Google — the BBC has a dedicated portal for affected links.

The BBC also feels they owe it to readers to cache the links:

We are doing this primarily as a contribution to public policy. We think it is important that those with an interest in the “right to be forgotten” can ascertain which articles have been affected by the ruling. We hope it will contribute to the debate about this issue. We also think the integrity of the BBC’s online archive is important and, although the pages concerned remain published on BBC Online, removal from Google searches makes parts of that archive harder to find.

The links are listed by month and year, but it’s difficult to ascertain what info they may contain at first glance. While not as handy a reference as Google, the archive does make a useful secondary place to find info Google has removed from search.

List of BBC web pages which have been removed from Google’s search results [BBC]

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