Google has successfully argued it needn’t offer “right to be forgotten”-like options in Japan. The country’s Supreme Court has dismissed four cases against the company that sought to force Google to remove allegedly defamatory comments on Google Maps.
An original ruling from the Chiba District Court said Google would need to delete the content. The company then appealed and now it has won at a higher level in the court system.
These cases would have set a bad precedent. It appears the content in question described legitimate negative consumer experiences, yet the businesses filed a defamation suit.
We’re pleased that with these latest rulings, the Supreme Court has unanimously recognized, based on existing privacy and defamation laws, that any decision to delete information from search results should prioritize the public’s right to information,