Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?


By Media Team

Interesting article from The Register regarding a landmark legal battle between Google and two businessmen who want the search company to stop linking their names to articles about their previous convictions online. The claims are the first in the English Court addressing the "right to be forgotten"; illustrating the tension between individual rights to privacy and the public interest in maintaining access to publications. The trial coincides with Max Mosley's attempt to use data protection law throwing his 2008 case against the News of the World spectacularly back into the spotlight. The two businessmen have been anonymised in the proceedings.

"It's never been suggested that the public have some right to require the press to impart information to them," barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC told the Right To Be Forgotten trial in London's High Court yesterday. Tomlinson, acting on behalf of pseudonymous complainant "NT1", was discussing EU data protection laws during his summing-up speech to the court in his case against Google.
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