The right to be forgotten: the new way to control your digital life

Friday 21st November 2014

The Court of Justice of the European Union has decided that individuals have the right for internet search results about them to be removed if the results are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive” (Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja Gonzalez).  A search engine can now only display certain results where there is a public interest in doing so.

Latest information indicates that Google have received over 170,000 requests for information to be removed, leading to the review of over 580,000 URLs.

One such request came from Gordons for a client who wanted damaging, historic references removing from the search engine.  After exchanges of correspondence, Google have agreed to remove all URLs containing offending references to our client.  This is a great result for our client whose business had been affected by adverse search results against his name.

If you require help with removing URLs please contact a member of our commercial litigation team.