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5 people that probably want the right to be forgotten by Google

by Ben Sullivan| 14 May 2014

And 5 people and groups that almost definitely don’t.

Europe's highest court has ruled this week that people should be able to ask Google to erase information about them that they want to be forgotten from the search engine's results, even if that information is published on third party sites.

"If, following a search made on the basis of a person's name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject may approach the operator directly and, where the operator does not grant his request, bring the matter before the competent authorities in order to obtain, under certain conditions, the removal of that link from the list of results," said the judges from the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The case, originally sparked by a Spanish national whose information about his repossessed home deleted from Google, has brought contention from internet freedom campaigners but has been heralded as a step forward by privacy advocates.

In light of the new ruling, CBR brings you a list of five people that most probably would like their information deleted from Google search results.

Ex-Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel


Last year, US megastore Target was the victim of a large cyber attack that left customers' details and credit card information vulnerable.

Earlier this May, Target announced that CEO Gregg Steinhafel was to resign, following the reputational damage done to Target following the data breach. Experts said that his departure was the first major case of a CEO having to leave because of a security breach proving CEOs are now ever more at risk as the blame travels up the chain of command.

Max Mosley

Back in 2008, former president of the FIA motorsport association Max Mosely was caught up in a media storm after the now defunct News of the World newspaper printed images of him being involved in a reported orgy with five females.

Mosley took the News of the World to court over privacy concerns.

Mosley subsequently took successful legal action in a French court to force Google stop linking to the images.

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