Japan Top Court Seen Presenting "Right to Be Forgotten" Criteria (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Supreme Court is expected to present criteria for approving the removal of personal data from Internet search results under the so-called right to be forgotten as early as this spring.

The criteria will be released at a time when district courts across Japan have received a raft of petitions for court approval of the deletion from search results of website links related to arrest records and other personal data that the petitioners hope will not be known to the public.

The issue came into the spotlight in 2014, when the European Union's top court upheld an individual's petition to seek removal of links to media reports on the person from search engine results under the right to be forgotten.

Google and Yahoo Japan accept applications for such removal. If search engine companies decide not to delete data as requested, applicants can bring the matters to court. In most cases, these people file for court injunctions.

According to the Supreme Court, district courts across Japan received 52 petitions for court injunctions to remove personal data from search results in the year to September last year.

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