Japan's Top Court Rejects Request for Deleting Search Results (News)
Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Supreme Court has rejected a man's request for Google to delete Internet search results about news reports on his arrest in a child prostitution case in 2011.
The five judges of the top court's Third Petty Bench unanimously made the decision on Tuesday, concluding that "the man's arrest record relates to the public interest."
In his petition for a court injunction, the man claimed that the search results in question breached his privacy.
The top court said the removal of Internet search results is justifiable if the protection of personal privacy in a particular case clearly outweighs the social importance of displaying the search results.
It is the first time that the top court has presented its criteria for dealing with requests for the removal of online search results.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]