A regional daily’s round-up of recent court cases from 2011 has become the latest casualty of the controversial ‘right to be forgotten” ruling.
Google has removed from its search listings a 2011 Oxford Mail round-up of Oxford Magistrates Court caees published as part of a regular column entitled ‘Scale of Justice.’
The report listed 20 convictions which will now no longer in search listings.
In response to the move, which follows a European Court of Justice ruling earlier this year, the Mail has republished the entire list as part of a new story.
The Mail said: “Open justice is a cornerstone of the British justice system and the Oxford Mail believes the public has a right to know who has been convicted of crimes.
“It has re-published the entire Scales of Justice list with its version of this article below to ensure the public’s right to know is not thwarted by the European Court ruling.”
Google will not reveal who has made the request but it is believed it is likely to be only one person in the article.
However, because that Scales of Justice article covered 20 cases it means searches of for any of the score of names will not reveal they were convicted.
The Mail has been in the forefront of the campaign to highlight potential abuse of the so-called right to be forgotten by convicted criminals.
It has ensured attempts to use the ruling in this way have backfired by republishing stories that then receive thousands more page views than the originals.
Earlier this year Dr Robert Daniels-Dwyer succeeded in having a story about a conviction for shoplifting in Oxford removed from search results.