Right to be Forgotten

The Right to be Forgotten from internet searches arises from a decision of the European Court of Justice known as Google v Spain. The judges in that case ruled that where material which was available in an internet search was irrelevant, outdated or otherwise inappropriate, the person who was the subject of the material had the right to apply to the search engine to have it removed from a search of their name. Google created a procedure for applicants to use, which allows information to be submitted to explain why material should no longer be available in search results. Google was the defendant in this case, but other search engines have followed suit, with Bing and Yahoo also creating application procedures for the Right to  be Forgotten. We have drafted and submitted applications to Google and other search engines for many years, and have also helped clients with appeals to the Information Commissioner’s Office if initial applications are unsuccessful.