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The problem of spent convictions appearing online is a real and significant problem for many people. Two individuals with spent convictions brought claims against Google for refusing to de-list search engine results that contained details of their now spent convictions. The cases, the first in the UK on the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’, had

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Commenting on the High Court ruling on the Right to be Forgotten and spent convictions case, Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, a national charity for people with convictions, said: “The judgment from the High Court represents a key victory for people with a criminal record. More and more in recent years, people with spent criminal

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William contacted our helpline after he’d read about the policy work we were doing around the EU right to be forgotten issue. Around 7 years ago, William had been convicted of possessing and making indecent images of children and received a three year community order. As a result of his conviction, he lost his job

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Five years ago, Patrick was convicted of a fraud offence and received a 12 month prison sentence. Patrick told us that at the time of his conviction, he was in a difficult place having built up some debts due to an addiction to gambling. His arrest was the ‘shock’ he needed to face up to

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Natasha was working as a teacher when she was convicted of fraud four years ago and received a five month suspended prison sentence. It is now spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Since her conviction, she has worked hard to rebuild her reputation. However, the presence of a story about her online has

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Anthony contacted us at the end of 2016, when he needed some advice about getting links to his name removed. He had been convicted of a sexual offence in 2000 and received a short prison sentence. His conviction became spent in 2004. Since his conviction, Anthony has significantly turned his life around. He has completed

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The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides people with criminal records protection from discrimination once their criminal record becomes ‘spent’. In an article for the Probation Journal, published this month, Christopher Stacey highlights how media reports are increasingly available online and often mean spent convictions continue to be accessible to employers and others. However, he

If you have a spent conviction and are suffering reputational harm or distress as a result of material about that conviction being published online and/or which features in online searches against your name, legal remedies may be available. We are currently working with Carter-Ruck, a law firm specialising in this area, who are willing to

I was pleased to be invited to speak today at the ICO’s Data Protection Policy Conference. With the title “Privacy versus the right to know: balancing privacy and access to personal information in the internet era”, I was asked to come and take part in a panel discussion, “Technology, information and its consequences”, speaking alongside

In an interesting development to the issue of the ‘google-effect’ and spent convictions, the Guardian has reported that Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The search engine

The Telegraph has published an article which looks at the impact of the ‘right to be forgotten’ 12 months on from the original court decision. Interesting extracts can be found below, but the full article is available here.   Since then, Google claims to have processed 253,617 requests to remove 920,258 links, and approved just

Today, the Guardian has published an article on Google’s response to the ‘right to be forgotten’. In response to a particular example on their website, Google said: “A man asked that we remove a link to a news summary of a local magistrate’s decisions that included the man’s guilty verdict. Under the UK Rehabilitation of

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