Landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in the UK

The High Court in London ordered Google to remove links related to the criminal conviction of a businessman given more than a decade ago. The ruling stated that this conviction was now ‘out of date, irrelevant, and of no legitimate interest to users of Google Search’ and that the convicted had ‘expressed genuine remorse’. According to the Financial Times, this ruling marked the first time English courts have considered the ‘right to be forgotten’. For the Guardian, this decision is likely to have ‘implications for other convicted criminals and those who want embarrassing stories about them erased from the web’.