Wins one, loses one, in London High Court as Google is told to remove links to criminal convictions

Google has experienced mixed results in a legal battle in London over two “right to be forgotten” cases involving two separate businessmen.

The ‘right to be forgotten’ was made into law in May 2014, when the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that search engine operators (Google, Bing etc) were responsible for links to web pages that contained personal information, and should therefore remove such links on request of the information owners.

Google for its part has previously protested against the law, but later began publishing transparency reports to show how it was (reluctantly) complying with the ECJ order.

Fast forward a number of years and Google lost a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.

The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in London’s High Court on Friday, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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