Businessman takes on Google and puts ‘the right to be forgotten’ to the test

Google has been taken to London’s High Court by a businessman, in what’s been dubbed as a landmark case over ‘the right to be forgotten’.

The man, who has remained anonymous is disputing Google’s choice not to erase links of a 1990’s criminal conviction of his from the search engine.

Google, although it vows to ‘defend the public’s right to access lawful information’ does exercise peoples right to be forgotten, if you are able to prove that the information the search engine is providing about you is outdated or irrelevant.

The firm stated that “We work hard to comply with the right to be forgotten, but we take great care not to remove search results that are clearly in the public interest and will defend the public’s right to access lawful information”

Amongst two million requests throughout Europe, Google has erased upwards of 800,000 search results.

“The right to be forgotten” is a legal authority created in 2014 by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014, after Spaniard Mario Costeja Gonzalez challenged the search engine to withdraw material regarding his economic history.

A similar case is now underway in London, and sees a businessman challenging the search engine to remove information surrounding a late 1990’s conviction for false accounting. The two-decade-old case is believed to be depleted in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

The General Data Protection Regulation which will see huge developments in EU data rules is expected to come into practice this May and hopes to assist those in removing what is truly historic, irrelevant information from search engines.