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Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case over businessman’s criminal history

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An unnamed businessman has a “right to be forgotten” and have his spent criminal conviction removed from Google search results, according to a judgment handed down by a London court.

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The Judge, Mr Justice Warby, faced two claims against Google from former businessmen, finding in one case the applicant had served the adequate sentence for his crime and it should be considered private information.

“His past offending is of little if any relevance to anybody’s assessment of his suitability to engage in relevant business activity now, or in the future,” the judge found.

He ordered Google, which argued that the information was in the public interest, to de-list several search results about the claimant, known as NT2 for legal reasons.

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The judge rejected the claim made by the other businessman, who was referred to only as NT1 for legal reasons, finding the information about his conviction “retains sufficient relevance today” because he had misled the public and shown no remorse.

In their unrelated convictions, NT1 was jailed for four years, while NT2 was jailed for six months.

The European Court of Justice found in 2014 that people have the right to request that information about them be removed from Google search results. Google says in handling such requests it balances the right to privacy with the public’s interest to know and right to distribute such information.

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Jack Barton is a staff journalist at WikiTribune where he writes about international law, human rights and finance, whilst covering daily news. He was previously a senior reporter at Law Business Research and has experience covering law and international development, with credits in the Sunday Times, the New Indian Express, and New Statesman online among others. He has an LLM in Human Rights and worked on a UN-funded research project, looking at peace processes.

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    You may want to look at this story. It is now retracted by NPR. I think it may be related or even be the same people.
    https://www.npr.org/2018/04/03/598239092/the-man-who-spent-100k-to-remove-a-lie-from-google

    A original copy can be seen on the wayback machine:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20180403204501/https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2018/04/03/598239092/the-man-who-spent-100k-to-remove-a-lie-from-google

    The jail time for NT1 is about the same.

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    It the EU the only jurisdiction that has ‘right to be forgotten’ legislation?

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      Hi Del, according to Wikipedia, only the EU and Argentina currently have this legislation, I’m not sure if anyone else is considering it but imagine some have legislation that over-rides or covers similar issues.

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        Thanks, I was specifically thinking of north america which if memory serves has no method to be forgotten by google. Even the families of those who have committed suicide due to bullying have according to news reports I’ve read have been unable to have their lost children forgotten by google. I believe I’m remembering those stories correctly.

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