Oxford Mail republishes 2011 story detailing 20 criminal convictions which has been 'forgotten' by Google

A regional newspaper has condemned a ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on a story about 20 people being given convictions.

The Oxford Mail has republished the list from its 2011 Scales of Justice column, rounding up cases from Oxford Magistrates Court.

The newspaper has previously reported on a successful ‘right to be forgotten’ request which saw a 2006 story reporting a conviction for stealing £200 worth of items from Boots.

Earlier this month, the Press Complaints Commission rejected a privacy complaint from the convicted man, Robert Daniels-Dwyer, who objected to the ‘right to be forgotten’ case being reported by the Oxford Mail and others.

The Mail has also reported how Google had removed from searches an image of a motorcyclist who was jailed in 2008 for “posting an internet video of himself performing wheelies at speeds of up to 136mph, an act labelled ‘lunatic’ by the judge”.

The Mail reported: “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.”

Successful 'right to be forgotten' requests result in links to web pages being hidden under certain search terms. Google does not disclose who has made the request.



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