Google may also convicts ‘forgotten’ in search engine

Google may also convicts ‘forgotten’ in search engine

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Google may also be convicted under the European vergeetrecht from the results of its search engine to erase. Yet gold the right to be forgotten not for people who are convicted.

That turns out Tuesday from a judgment of the court of justice in The Hague. The court states that the Google results about the conviction of a lawyer need to remove.

It comes to an appeal in a case where the district court of Rotterdam earlier about ruled. The case was brought by a lawyer who, in 2012, in London, was convicted for illegal possession of firearms.


The condemnation of the man was name and shame on a British blog described, and was also indexed by Google. Because the condemnation of the lawyer as continues to haunt, he asked Google to provide the search results to delete in the framework of the European right to be forgotten.

Google went in there when not in go, because that is the law according to the guidelines that Google holds in principle does not apply to the convicts, and after criminal proceedings only for acquitted defendants. The district court of Rotterdam chose the side of the lawyer, which Google in August 2016, in an appeal went.


Now judge, the court of justice in The Hague that the privacy of the attorney outweighs the importance of information. The condemnation of the lawyer plays no role in his life and, therefore, of the court of appeal from the search result to be removed. The lawyer does not work in the criminal law, but the law.

The ruling may also have implications for similar cases, in which a convicted or accused like to be forgotten by Google. In addition, Google is still the trade-off for search results yet, if that is in the public interest outweigh the privacy of the convicted. For example, public persons or serious crimes.

European vergeetrecht

The European Court of Justice ruled three years ago that Google and other search engines request personal and private information of people from his results need to remove.

Since then, Google has 32.661 verwijderverzoeken of Dutch users receive, for the removal of a total of 113.828 left. The company deleted eventually 45.303 links from its results, 46,3 percent.

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