The BBC has announced that it is to maintain a public list of pages removed from its website under the recent European "right to be forgotten" ruling.
Last year, in response to the controversial European High Court ruling, Google introduced a system that allowed individuals to request the removal of obsolete personal data from the search engine's rankings. Since the ruling in May 2013 Google has received more than 18,000 requests from Britons and deleted more than 35% of the relevant entries from its search engine results.
The ruling has attracted widespread criticism after it emerged that thousands of convicted criminals had requested the removal of search engine results highlighting their past misdeeds.
David Jordan, the BBC's Director of Editorial Policy and Standards, told a public meeting, hosted by Google, that the Corporation felt some of its articles had been wrongly hidden.
He criticised the "lack of a formal appeal process" after links have been taken down, noting one case where news of the trial involving members of the Real IRA was removed from search results, even though two of the accused were subsequently convicted.
Here at the TV Licensing Blog we are strong defenders of the free press and the right to publish. It comes as somewhat of a surprise that the BBC, which obstructs information requests and covers up scandal at every turn, is taking the moral high ground on the issue of keeping information in the public domain.
It's a shame the BBC hasn't been so forthcoming about its own internal sex scandals and corruption.