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Google 'Right to Be Forgotten' Case Lost, Must Delist Man's Crime

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Google has lost a "right to be forgotten" case and must delist links to a man's previous conviction. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 13 April 2018 02:57 PM

Google has lost a "right to be forgotten" case to a man who wanted links to information about a previous conviction to be removed from the site. 

The search engine has been reluctant to delist links to previous convictions and crimes and argued that remorse and rehabilitation do not mean that your conviction can be erased.

A U.K. High Court judge did not agree and ruled Google had to erase search results pertaining to the man’s prosecution and conviction for conspiracy to carry out surveilance, noting that he had expressed remorse for his actions, served his time, and that the record had little relevance to his current business dealings, The Telegraph reported.

"The crime and punishment information has become out of date, irrelevant and of no sufficient legitimate interest to users of Google Search to justify its continued availability, so that an appropriate delisting order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," Justice Warby of the High Court said, The Telegraph reported. 

A second request for Google search results to be expunged for another man was refused because the man had not shown remorse for his crime of conspiracy to account falsely and had misled the court and the public concerning the case, The Telegraph reported. The court also said the information was relevant to his current career and life.

An earlier 2014 ruling in the European Court of Justice that online links to outdated and irrelevant subject matter should be removed when requested has resulted in 669,355 requests for links to be removed from websites, about half of which were successful, The Telegraph reported. 

“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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