A man has filed a case in Delhi High Court for ‘Right to be forgotten’. It seems weird but actually its a very serious and sensitive issue. This right empowers individuals to “determine the development of their life in an autonomous way, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past”.
In a recent development, this man who earlier had a dispute with his wife – to the extent that it was dragged to the Court, but later got settled amicably.
In my opinion, it needs to be addressed urgently in the age of internet and its reach.
The online content regarding his dispute is still available, tormenting and unsettling him so he has gone to the Court. To press for his demand for Right to be forgotten online, he wants everything connected to this dispute taken down from the online.
The Honorable High Court has responded instantly by asking Central Government, Google and Online Law Compendium whether Right to be Forgotten can be brought under the ambit of Right to life.
Appellant gave the reference of the Mario Costeja versus Google, where under the Right to be Forgotten an Individual can make a request to the Google, Yahoo and Bing to completely remove all the content regarding his or her life in certain circumstances to prevent access of personal and confidential information by third parties.
September 19 is the deadline given to Google and other Authorities to file a reply to Clear their stand in this sensitive issue where no specific constitutional reference is available. With the widespread proliferation and use of technology different set of problems are cropping up in our day-to-day activities. Some new rules and guidelines have to be framed to tackle these tricky issues.
This rule already exists in European Union where a Top Court established the Right to be Forgotten in 2014 ruling. It asks search engines to remove the links from searches for their own name, if the information is old, irrelevant or infringes on their privacy. This sort of law is also prevalent in Japan and South Korea also.
The significance of this case can be ascertained from the fact that at present no such law or guidelines exists in India to deal with this precarious matter. If certain guidelines can be framed after the Honorable High Court ruling of this particular case, this will be of great help.
This will also help all those people whose right to privacy is violated through unverified postings on the internet the petition argued.