Japanese high court nixes judgment recognizing “right to be forgotten”

TOKYO — A Japanese appeals court on Tuesday rescinded a lower court judgment that recognized the “right to be forgotten” in a case filed by a man who demanded Google Inc. eliminate five-year-old articles on his crime record from its search results.

The Tokyo High Court rejected the man’s petition, with Presiding Judge Norihiko Sugihara saying the right to be forgotten is not a privilege stated in law and its prerequisites or effects are not determined.

Google has appealed the Saitama District Court’s provisional order issued in June last year for the Internet giant to remove from Google Search lookup results news reports about the man’s arrest for involvement in child prostitution and pornography. The man has been fined for the crime. PNA/Kyodo/northboundasia.com