A businessman is seeing Google in the High Court today, as a battle over the tech giant's 'right to be forgotten' search results cleansing goes to the very top.
The case concerns an unnamed businessman who was convicted of false accounting crimes in the late 1990s. He claims he has been "unable to form any new friendships or personal relationships" as a result of word of his crimes still existing, so presumably has the weird sort of one-off name that makes him easily discoverable online.
Hence he went through the usual channels to have Google remove links to coverage of his case from search results for his name -- only for the company to refuse to do so in this case. Google thinks there's a public interest case to be made here, as the man is still an active business-doer. The company explained in court papers that: "Google submits that all persons who may engage with the claimant -- either as clients for his services or through such businesses activities -- need, and are entitled, to be able readily to discover the truth about the claimant’s past."
The man's legal people say the existence of the two news reports mean his rehabilitation options are being limited, plus he's been good since. [The Times]