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Ex-Merrill Lynch CEO Story Excised From Google Search

An article about the ousting of Stan O’Neal from Merrill Lynch has become one of an estimated 50,000 expunged from certain Google searches after a new European ruling on the “right to be forgotten.”

The story by BBC Economics Editor Robert Peston, one of the U.K.’s best-known financial journalists, was first published in 2007, and has been removed from “certain searches” by European Google users, the BBC reported. This follows a ruling by the European Court of Justice in May, which allows members of the public to request “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data be deleted from Google searches.

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