The High Court is set to hear the first 'right to be forgotten' case in the English courts. The claimant has taken legal action against Google to force the tech giant to delete links to his criminal conviction.
While Google has received 'right to be forgotten' requests since a European Court of Justice ruling in 2014, the firm has retained the right to reject applications if they believe access to the information is in the public interest - Google's refusal has sparked this case.
The case has prompted an interesting debate about online data and reputation - what is said about you online can have a severe impact on your reputation.
It is equally important to pay attention to the online conversation as it is the offline, after all one of the first things a potential client will do is Google your firm. They will pay attention to what is being said, and so should you.
The High Court case, which starts today, will be monitored by convicted criminals and others who want embarrassing stories erased from the web. In 2014 the European Union’s Court of Justice ruled that “irrelevant” and outdated data should be erased on request. That case was brought by a Spanish man who claimed that Google infringed his privacy by linking to information about his home repossession.