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Google Has to Hit Delete After Right to Be Forgotten Turns to Crime

  • U.K. judge says crime information was out of date, irrelevant
  • Court rejects bid by second man to remove links to conviction
Google Resists Becoming Digital ‘Town Square’ in Censorship Spat

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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Google’s effort to rein in the so-called right to be forgotten has taken a hit after U.K. and French judges said the reputation of businessmen tarnished by old news stories about improper conduct trumped the public’s need to know.

Google was told by a London judge on Friday for the first time to remove links to older stories about a businessman’s criminal conviction from search results. The decision follows last month’s ruling by a French court about a former chief financial officer whose job prospects were hampered by stories about a fine for civil insider-trading violations.