Earlier this week, Europe's controversial "Right to be forgotten" legislation started going after Wikipedia pages. Now we know more: Wikipedia revealed that five pages have been removed from Google searches.
The Wikimedia Foundation posted the notices of removal online. Pages on Irish bank robber Gerry Hutch, Italian gang Banda Della Comasina, a chess player, and a photo of a musician named Tom Carstairs in concert are all getting removed from searches.
The Wikimedia Foundation made it clear these notices were not warmly received:
We do not know who requested each removal. People should not assume that a subject of an article made the request, since others may have the opportunity to make such a demand for removal.
We are not aware of other search engines' processes or the number of requests they are receiving and granting. Search engines may not provide proper notices, so we appreciate the companies who share our commitment to free speech and transparency. Compelled censorship is unacceptable, but compelled censorship without notice is unforgivable.
The results are only blocked in Europe, so if you're someplace else in the world, you can still see the content stirring up trouble. [Guardian]