The ‘Google effect‘ can result in discrimination from employers, universities and others. If you have a spent conviction that can still be found online there may be a legal remedy. The GDPR gives people ‘the right to erasure’ – sometimes called ‘the right to be forgotten’.
The publication of an item, article or link which refers to a spent conviction and identifies the person concerned could be legally actionable as a misuse of private information and/or a breach of data protection rights.
Carter-Ruck, a law firm specialising in this area, has agreed to work with Unlock to advise people with spent convictions on a “no win no fee” basis. If there are grounds, this could mean action to have links removed from online searches against your name and/or the articles themselves taken down. In some cases this may include a claim for costs and/or damages.
If you would like Carter-Ruck to consider your case, please complete this questionnaire. Alternatively, you can print and complete it manually, sending it by post to the address on the questionnaire. Your details will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared beyond Unlock or Carter-Ruck without your permission.
We will pass all completed questionnaires to Carter-Ruck, who will contact you directly to advise, answer your questions and, where appropriate, to take your claim forward.
Carter-Ruck will keep us regularly up-to-date with progress on your claim.
Any information you provide will be kept in line with our confidentiality policy. Any personal information provided to us will not be shared externally without your consent.
Find out more about how we handle your data.
Learn more about what you can do if your spent conviction is used unfairly