Right to be forgotten procedures before UK Courts

The right to be forgotten has come before UK Courts, highlighting methods needed to ‘avoid an own goal’ when cases are reviewed, according to Rosalind English in the UK Human Rights Blog. English reports on the need to maintain anonymity during the court proceedings, which, if made public, would revive the information a plaintiff is attempting to have de-listed. English states that ‘Clearly these proceedings would be self-defeating if the claimants were obliged, as the price of bringing their claims before the court, to submit every detail of the information they seek to protect to public scrutiny.’ In this example, the judge suggested a compromise using a system such as the international phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, etc.) to assign pseudonyms to the parties, rather than the ‘alphabet soup’ of Mr A, Mr B, and so on.