Google Scrubs News Stories for EU

    A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. Google has taken the first steps to meet a European ruling that citizens can have objectionable links removed from Internet search results, a ruling that pleased privacy campaigners but raised fears that the right can be abused to hide negative information.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR3RK9T

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    Search engines have begun to implement an European Union court ruling that said individuals control their own data and can therefore ask search engines to remove certain results. As a result, The Guardian has received notification that multiple articles have been scrubbed from Google. The outlet said it wasn’t told why the articles were removed. The requests included articles relating to a Premier League referee who lied about a penalty, French office workers making Post-It art, a solicitor facing a fraud trial, and a week’s worth of pieces by the site’s media commentator. Ironically, while the search results for “Dougie McDonald” no longer appear in Europe, they do surface if you type “Scottish referee who lied.”

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