Google has begun removing some search results in Europe after a court decision affirming a “right to be forgotten” in certain cases, but its decision to hide links to a BBC article criticizing Merrill Lynch is drawing criticism.

Google alerted BBC Economics Editor Robert Peston that it would no longer show certain search outcomes linking to his 2007 post entitled “Merrill’s mess,” Mr. Peston said on his BBC blog yesterday. The decision followed a May ruling by the European Court of Justice that allows members of the public to request “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive” data be deleted from Google searches.

“We’re surprised that this is the outcome of the ECJ ruling and concerned at the implications of the removal from search of this type of material,” the BBC said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg News today.

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