Google loses privacy case

Written by Mark Evans

A man who requested that search results on a past crime be removed from the search engine has won his case against Google in a ruling. Although not a legal precedent for all cases, another man who had committed a more serious crime lost his case, it none-the-less raises questions about how long and for what reasons ‘the right to be forgotten’ can be enforced.

The right to be forgotten was first enforced by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014, and Google has since removed thousands of search results. However, search engines can cite public interest as a defence.