Criminals are to have the “right to be forgotten” after Google lost a landmark High Court case to a businessman who asked it to remove information about his conviction. The man, who cannot be identified, had a spent conviction for conspiracy to carry out surveillance and had been sent to prison for six months. Mr Justice Warby, sitting in the High Court, said his offending and sentence, which was served over a decade ago, was “of little if any relevance” to future business activity and ordered that the links should be “delisted”. “The crime and punishment information has become out of date, irrelevant and of no sufficient legitimate interest to users of Google Search to justify its continued availability, so that an appropriate delisting order should be made,” he said. The man also had a young, second family, as well as adult children, which added to his case for privacy under the Human Rights Act, the judge said. He did not award any damages. The Court will have to balance the public’s right to access the historical record, the precise impacts on the person, and the public interestJim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group Another case, heard in… Read full this story
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