A right to be forgotten. Yair Cohen, UK expert lawyer in removing web pages from the internet speaks at Google Campus, London.
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The ruling came after Mario Costeja Gonzalez, a Spanish man, complained that a search of his name in Google brought up newspaper articles from 16 years ago about a sale of property to recover money he owed.
He said the matter had been resolved and should no longer be linked to him whenever his name was searched on Google. The Judges ordered Google to erase links to two webpages from its search results because they believed that EU laws already include a right to be forgotten.
This ruling is likely to impact on our strategic approach to webpage removals. It is likely to bring more predictability to our client’s outcomes and to increase the success rate of web page deletion.
Link to the full judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU Google v Mario Costeja González
Our clients have already received legal advice on how to speed up the deletion of webpages that may include general information about them, information about their childhood period and about young age misdemeanors, information about spent criminal convictions, spent director’s disqualification, links to businesses and companies and perhaps even to old postal addresses.
So far, Google’s has inconsistently agreed to de-list webpages from its search engine upon our requests. In most cases Google agreed to the de-listing of webpages only after it was served with either a Data Protection Notice or with court papers. Google has also been inconsistent with the removed of autocomplete phrases from Google Search bar.
If you or members of your family wish to delete information from Google searches across the European Union network there is a good chance that we can help. Call us to obtain legal advice
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Luke Scanlon Lawyer and Technology Law Expert at Pinsent Masons and Yair Cohen Social Media Lawyer at Cohen Davis. Huffpost Live