A Japanese court has ruled in favor of a man who filed an injunction against Google to remove search results that implicated him in a crime he did not commit. The court has order Google to delete half of the 237 entries, where the man’s name appears, from its search engine. The man filed the injunction in June complaining that these entries could adversely affect his life and privacy, especially because they implicate him in a crime.
According to reports, Judge Nobuyuki Seki said some of the search results “infringe personal rights”.
“Google, which manages the search engine, has the obligation to delete them,” he said.
“The man received tangible damage from the search results, which give the impression that he is a bad man,” he said.
“We’ve just received the order, so we are reviewing the order,” a Google spokesman told AFP, adding they were studying options, including an appeal.
This ruling comes as the EU has passed their “right to be forgotten” law, where citizens have the right to ask Google to remove search results of a personal nature if the results are outdated or inaccurate. Both the EU and Japan cases are just the tip of the iceberg, we’re certain to see more of these cases spread throughout as privacy becomes more of a concern for many. What do you think of “the right to be forgotten”? Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments or on social media.