Privacy

Google ordered to remove Japanese search results on man

October 16, 2014

Google will have to remove some Japanese search results after a court issued an injunction this past week against the company.

The man who requested the injunction said his privacy rights were violated and his life threatened because of search results that hinted at his participation in a past crime, according to The Japan Times.

Judge Nobuyuki Seki said the man suffered “actual harm,” and that Google portrayed his behavior negatively. Thus, the search engine company will have to remove 120 of about 230 search results.

Earlier this year, Europe implemented its “right to be forgotten” ruling, and within hours of putting up its webform, Google received 12,000 petitions. However, the ruling has been problematic for Google and has resulted in news organizations, such as the Guardian, having its pages removed

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