The E.U.'s 'right to be forgotten' law hits Wikipedia. The BBC reports a Wikipedia entry has now been removed from Google search results. People have had varying responses to this law. Are link removals reasonable, or do they amount to censorship? It is admittedly a difficult issue. As an update, Google so far has received 90,000 requests for links to be removed, connecting more than 300,000 pages. More than half of these requests have been approved, Google told its European data watchdogs.
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has long expressed his concerns about the "right to be forgotten". Speaking on BBC Radio, Mr. Wales said: "The law as it stands right now is quite confusing."
"We have this one ruling of the ECJ which is very open-ended and very hard to interpret. I would say the biggest problem we have is that the law seems to indicate Google needs to censor links to information that is clearly public - links to articles in legally published, truthful news stories.
That is a very dangerous path to go down, and certainly if we want to go down a path where we are going to be censoring history, there is no way we should leave a private company like Google in charge of making those decisions."