Japan Recognized “Right to Be Forgotten”Added: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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The country is moving further towards recognizing “the right to be forgotten” of its citizens on the Internet after a court ordered the search engine Google to remove news article about the arrest of an individual who “deserved the chance to rebuild his life without the records of his criminal past” from its search index.
Before, Japanese courts used to demand the removal of online data only for privacy reasons, but the latest local court ruling became the first in Japan to refer to the “right to be forgotten”. The latter approach has been enshrined in law in the EU and demanded the removal of personal data from the search engine results.
The court decision in question was taken back in December 2015 but only revealed recently. According to legal experts, this ruling can ignite a debate in the country over whether local authorities are able to respect both user’s right to have expunged details of a crime committed in the distant past and freedom of information and the public’s right to know at the same time.
The judge in the ruling explained that people should be able to undergo rehabilitation with a clean online sheet after some time has elapsed. However, it was difficult to live a normal life if information about their past is freely available online.
An unnamed Japanese had demanded that Google delete reports posted on the Internet more than 3 years ago about his arrest and conviction for breaking child prostitution and porn laws. The complainant pointed out that the case appeared whenever his name was entered into Google search. The tech giant has appealed against the ruling in the high court, even though the man’s criminal record reportedly no longer appeared in its search results.
In the meantime, it turned out that the recent court ruling was not the only case that allowed to suggest that the country is following the European Union, where citizens have the right to request the removal of search results about them. 4 months ago, a court in Tokyo first in Japan issued a temporary injunction ordering the search engine to delete results relating to the arrest of a dentist over illegal dental practices.
As for Google, the company has been resisting the expansion of application of this approach since the EU’s court ruled 2 years ago that the search engine must delete irrelevant data from its results upon the residents’ requests.
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