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Operating principles

External requests for removing Yles web content

Yle does not remove published web content up on a request from external parties.

The responsible editors approved the rules 25.8.2016.

The European Court of Justice's judgement on the right to be forgotten obliges the search service Google to remove search parameters from web content. The judgment does not focus on the media and thus does not oblige the media to remove content. If a person wants to exploit his or her right to be forgotten in accordance with the judgment, the removal request must be directed to the company providing the search service.

If there is a factual error in the web content, then the rectification of a fault shall be clearly mentioned in the corrected article.

External requests for removing web content may be approved in the following exceptional cases. In such cases, the responsible editor or a person authorized by the responsible editor makes the decision on removing the content.

Removal as a result of a court order

  • A court orders Yle to remove content in case of e.g. libellous content or invasion of privacy. In this case Yle has no alternative, but is under obligation to remove the content.

Legal risk

  • If, as a result of an error on Yle's part, there is a risk of a trial and a claim for damages , the contents may be removed to avoid legal consequences.

Exceptional human causes

  • Protection of victims of an accident or a crime

  • A situation that risks a minor's safety or development

  • Relieving emotional suffering caused by an exceptional event or bereavement.(applies to content that does not need to be preserved to fulfill Yle's obligation to provide information or on other journalistic grounds).

  • According to an objective assessment, the person's security can be compromised if the content or information about the content is stored in Yle's services.

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