Google restores deleted links

Google’s efforts to comply with a European court order on the “right to be forgotten” took another twist Friday as the company restored previously removed links to several articles from The Guardian. The links had been deleted a day earlier, stirring a public furor.

As Google again declined to explain its decision-making, the episode demonstrated the potentially bewildering complexities of trying to remove information from the Internet at the request of individuals.

Analysts and public officials, many critical of the way Google is complying with court order, say the reversal could have wider implications. That is because the right to be forgotten, the subject of a ruling issued in May by the European Court of Justice, would be much more broadly interpreted in a sweeping digital privacy law being discussed by European officials.

— From wire reports