What is “Right to Be Forgotten”? Japan Supreme Court Rejected

Right to Be Forgotten, What is this? The right to be forgotten is a concept discussed. The issue has arisen from desires of individuals to “determine the development of their life in an autonomous way, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past.

Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected a man’s demand that news search results of his arrest on sex charges be deleted from Google. Japanese media said it was the first decision by the nation’s top court involving the “right to be forgotten” relating to Internet searches.

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What is "Right to Be Forgotten"? Japan Supreme Court Rejected
Right to Be Forgotton

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According to Gadgets360, Saitama District Court ordered in December 2015 upheld a temporary injunction against Google ordering it to delete search results about a man convicted on charges related to child prostitution and pornography. Tokyo High Court last July had overturned the lower court decision, saying there was no such legally protected right.

The Supreme Court said conditions for deleting search engine results include factors such as the degree of damage caused to privacy, how broadly specific searches can be carried out and the social standing of individuals in question.

Tomohiro Kanda, the man’s lawyer, called the decision “disappointing,” saying that ensuring a crime is remembered differs from having the name of a person associated with it “passed on for many years”.

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