Google‘s efforts to limit the so-called “right to be forgotten” received a blow from judges in the UK and France who appreciated that the reputation of businessmen who had been affected by old news has a priority over the right people to be informed.
However, another businessman has failed to get links to articles about a more serious crime. According to a decision of the European Court of Justice in 2014, Google, the Alphabet group division, must remove overdrive or irrelevant information on demand from search results. The European Court’s decision did not include clear terms as to when Google must remove the information, and the British judge’s decision could be the first case in which an important court effectively decides that information on a criminal offense can be removed. The two men, whose identities can not be made public by a court order, have requested links to information about their older convictions to be erased. According to British legislation on the rehabilitation of convicts, those convictions should not be disclosed to potential employers, and these can be ignored. The businessman, known as NT2, was imprisoned for six months at the beginning of this century, after allowing an investigative firm to access computers and track his company’s phones to find out who is doing hostile activities. “His past action is not relevant. No one should be warned, “the judge wrote in his decision. The judge took into account the actual behavior of the businessman. European courts could interpret the right to be forgotten in different ways.
Judges said the right to be forgotten must prevail after analyzing several factors, including the impact on work and family life. The judges found that the person in question, the father of four children, did not obtain a financial benefit as a result of the violation of the law and that he risks losing his job if the articles referring to his name are not removed from the search results.