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Catholic priest story removed by Google

by Hannah Tooley

The BBC has published a list of news stories that have been affected by a judgement at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which gave individuals the right to ask Google and other search engines to delete stories about them on the internet.

Under the ECJ ruling stories that are inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or contain excessive information about a person can be asked to be taken down, according to The Times.

A story about the Archdiocese of Birmingham awarding £15,000 compensation to a man over allegations that Father John Tolkien abused him as a boy scout 40 years ago, was on the list of those removed.

Father Tolkein, the son of JRR Tolkein, is just one of the many people to have their stories taken off the internet.

Other cases involve a nanny jailed for assaulting a baby and how blank cheques belonging to MP George Galloway were used to steal £2,000.

Google said it had more than 37,000 requests, relating to 126,000 links of which 39,000 links were removed.

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