World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Google must make “right to be forgotten” worldwide, Canada’s supreme court rules

World News Publishing Focus

World News Publishing Focus
Your Guide to the Changing Media Landscape

Google must make “right to be forgotten” worldwide, Canada’s supreme court rules

The closely watched case came to a conclusion with a 7–2 decision by the supreme court. While Google and its defenders worried about a potential harm for free speech, the court called such fears “theoretical”, Fortune reported.

Free speech and internet rights organisations expressed deep concern over the ruling: EFF said the decision “permits worldwide internet censorship”, while OpenMedia said there is a risk that “governments and commercial entities will see this ruling as justifying censorship requests that could result in perfectly legal and legitimate content disappearing off the web because of a court order in the opposite corner of the globe”, the Guardian reported

Google cannot appeal the supreme court’s ruling. Instead the company has to provide evidence that complying with it would force it to violate other countries’ laws, according to the Guardian.

WAN-IFRA has released an extensive report on the “right to be forgotten”, as well as having called national courts to uphold freedom of expression in all “right to be forgotten” claims. 


Teemu Henriksson's picture

Teemu Henriksson


2017-06-29 11:33

Author information

The news publishing industry is experiencing transformation at an ever-growing pace, with new policy issues arising as the landscape changes.

We will be examining policy discussions that will define the news publishing environment of the future, the key topics being internet governance, privacy and copyright. Click here to learn more about our work.

WAN-IFRA Media Policy team and experts.

© 2020 WAN-IFRA - World Association of News Publishers

Footer Navigation