Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Google Loses 'Right to be Forgotten' Case Appeal in UK

Google Loses 'Right to be Forgotten' Case Appeal in UK

Google had refused the man's request to remove the information about his criminal past, but Warby ruled the demand was reasonable as "the crime and punishment information has become out of date, irrelevant and of no sufficient legitimate interest to users of Google search to justify its continued availability".

Google only deletes information that appears on its own results pages.

But Mr Justice Warby rejected a similar claim brought by a second businessman who was jailed for a more serious offence.

Google initially rejected his plea, but a judge in a United Kingdom court ruled against Google today. The anonymous businessman - known only as NT2 - has a conviction for conspiracy to intercept communications from more than a decade ago and spent six months in prison for the crime.

The right to be forgotten, or right to erasure, is a major concept in European law that allows people to request information about themselves to be removed from the internet when it is no longer relevant. It has no control over information on external websites.

The ruling in the case of NT2 means that Google must remove search results relating to the man's convictions - something the judge was happy to rule about because of the remorse that has been shown.

The judge said he'd also taken the nature of the man's conviction into consideration, as well as his demonstrated "remorse" for the crime.

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They contained an announcement for a real-estate auction after he got into debt.

At a high level, it refers to the right of people to either have certain adverse data about them blocked from being Internet accessible, or to have entries removed from search engine results on their names if the information in those entries is outdated or irrelevant.

Regulators in France, however, are now pushing to extend the EU's "right to be forgotten" ruling to apply to websites globally, which would include the United States. The California-based search engine will then make a decision by balancing the individual's right to privacy with the public's right to know.

These cover nearly two-and-a-half million URLS, 49.3% of which were deleted.

He added it could draw additional publicity for the information in question.

Immediately after the 2014 ruling, the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales warned that Google must not be left to "censor history", warning that would be "a very unsafe path to go down".

"We are pleased that the Court recognized our efforts [to comply with the Right to Be Forgotten], and we will respect the judgments they have made in this case", a Google spokesman said about the new ruling, The Telegraph reported.

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