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The right to be forgotten for convictions will depend on seriousness of offence and sentence imposed

In a recent case, a court had to rule on two “right to be forgotten” claims, only one of which it upheld. In these claims, the court had to decide whether an internet search engine operator should be required to de-list links in its search results to articles about the spent convictions of two businessmen.

 The same judge heard other claims of a similar nature, and in one of these claims, two businessmen applied for orders requiring Google to de-list information about their previous criminal convictions from its search results. The court decided that a defendant convicted of a less serious crime was entitled to the right to be forgotten and delisted from an internet search. However, a more serious offence did not attract the same rights.