Journalists see first consequences of European ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling
A number of major British media outlets were notified on Wednesday that stories they had published were taken out of Google search results to comply with the landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling made by a European Union court in May. The court had called for Google to remove "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant" results upon request.
UK journalists are up in arms because one of the estimated 50,000 removed stories is a report on the firing of former Merrill Lynch CEO Stan O’Neal in 2007. While the story was not overtly critical of O’Neal, it appeared prominently after searches for his name, according to CNBC.
BBC editor Robert Peston, who worked on the piece, argued in a Wednesday post that his 2007 story is certainly still important. "Many people would argue that it is highly relevant for the track record, good or bad, of a business leader to remain on the public record — especially someone widely seen as having played an important role in the worst financial crisis in living memory," he wrote.
While largely seen as an overseas issue in many quarters, the ruling has implications for US companies that are trying to conduct background checks on European competitors or partners, for instance.
Four other things to know Thursday morning:
- Dealbook examined how prominent chief executives have disclosed major illnesses, or didn’t in some cases, in light of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s acknowledgement that he is fighting throat cancer. Dimon’s illness also raises questions about JPMorgan’s succession plan, according to The Wall Street Journal.
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg apologized during a New Delhi meeting for the social media platform’s 2012 experiments with users’ news feeds. "We take privacy and security at Facebook really seriously because that is something that allows people to share," she added.
- Target interim CEO John Mulligan asked customers not to bring their guns into the chain’s stores "even in communities where it is permitted by law." Gun-rights activists had posted images of themselves carrying firearms in Target stores on social media, leading to pushback from gun-control advocacy groups.
- Nearly 22 million people watched the US men’s national soccer team (unsuccessfully) take on Belgium on Tuesday afternoon on ESPN and Univision, making it the second-most-watched match in the history of the sport in the US. Only the US’ first-round game against Portugal, which aired on a Sunday outside of work hours, drew higher ratings.