New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the Google and Centre – “Does the right to privacy include the right to delink irrelevant information from internet?”
On plea of a NRI, Justice Manmohan wanted the responses from Mninistry of Communication & Information Technology, Google India Pvt. Ltd., IKanoon Software Development Pvt. Ltd. and Google Inc. The NRI has pleaded that he be “delinked” from the information related to a criminal case that involves his wife in which he was the criminal party.
He petitioner said that it might affect the employment opportunities as the companies search for potential employees on the Internet. This might give them the impression that a person is involved in the criminal case even if he has not committed a crime.
Justice Manmohan’s petition has now raised a question whether intermediaries or data controllers like Google should delete the inadequate or irrelevant information time to time. The petitioner filed his plea with the help of advocates Akash Vajpai and Rohit Madan. He said that whenever someone searches his name on internet, a criminal case against his mother and wife pops up. This makes a false impression of him in mind of the searcher.
The petitioner also contacted IKanoon and requested to take down the aforesaid judgment on January 25, 2016. He even contacted Google Inc and Google India Pvt. Ltd. to remove the URL from search results. The petition has all things mentioned and will be heard soon.
The petition filed clearly provides details about the incident and this has forced Justice Manmohan to request replies from the information controllers. The petition has also been referred to European Court of Justice. The court has ordered Google to remove links related to the petitioner. ‘Right to be forgotten’ has been utilized perfectly.