Brazilian Superior Court of Justice rules in favour of the right to be forgotten

On 8 May, the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), the highest appellate court in Brazil, issued a decision on the right to be forgotten. The court ruled in favour of the de-indexation of search results, highlighting the pivotal role of search engines in order to find information, but stressing that de-indexation can only happen as a result of a court injunction. The STJ issued the decision within the context of a case involving a public prosecutor form the Rio de Janeiro State, who filed a lawsuit against Google, Yahoo and Microsoft in 2009, requesting the de-indexation of Internet search results associating her name to reports about suspected fraud in the Rio de Janeiro State Magistrate’s Exam.​