In a recent landmark case, it was decided that Google must remove search results about a businessman’s criminal conviction. This could have wide-ranging repercussions. A similar claim by a different businessman for a more serious offence had been rejected by the same judge. Both men had requested Google to remove search results that mentioned the cases where they had been convicted. When this was refused, they made a case against the company.

There are differences between the convictions of the two men, for example, one was jailed for six months and the other for four years. Although various factors of each individual’s case were taken into account when making the decisions, there probably isn’t a clear set of rules for when Google should or shouldn’t remove criminal conviction search results. We can expect to see further cases like this in future, and hopefully further clarification under the GDPR.