Google Loses ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Case in UK
From the BBC:
A businessman fighting for the “right to be forgotten” has won a UK High Court action against Google.
The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine.
The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled in his favour on Friday.
But he rejected a separate claim made by another businessman who had committed a more serious crime.
In the U.K. ruling, Judge Mark Warby said 11 articles related to the businessman should be delisted by Google.
The court refused to award damages to the businessman, saying Google took reasonable care in the case.
The two men, who can’t be identified because of a court order, had asked that links to information on their old convictions be taken down. Under English law designed to rehabilitate offenders, those convictions don’t have to be disclosed to potential employers and can effectively be ignored.
The businessman, known as NT2, was imprisoned for six months in the early part of this century after authorizing an investigations firm to conduct computer hacking and phone tapping to find out who was engaged in hostile activity against his company. “His past offending is of little if any relevance,” Justice Warby wrote. “There is no real need for anybody to be warned about that.”
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