Google Accused of "Tactical" Play Over Right to be Forgotten Deletions

By Gary Cutlack on at

The first wave of search result deletions carried out by Google are so odd they may show it's trying to undermine and discredit the privacy ruling, according to privacy campaigners and EU staff.

Ryan Heath, who's a spokesman for European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes, claims the bizarre initial "Right to be forgotten" deletions that include refereeing disputes and banker wrongdoings could be tactical, suggesting: "It may be that they've decided that it’s simply cheaper to just say yes to all of these requests."

The Open Rights Group also thinks Google's being overly submissive and dramatic, claiming the rules covering the search listing deletions may be being applied "...incorrectly in order to provoke a reaction."

Which infers that by agreeing to requests to delete high-profile posts by BBC staff and Guardian reporters from its search results, Google's trying to show that the enforced censorship is having a rapid and negative effect on the web. An accusation it denies, obviously. [Independent]