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Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan

     
2:31 am on Feb 2, 2017 (gmt 0)

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/01/google-japan-negative-comments/ [techcrunch.com]

Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan

Google has won a long-standing battle in Japan that drew parallels with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling.

The Japanese Supreme Court today dismissed four cases against the U.S. company seeking the removal of allegedly defamatory comments in its Google Maps service, including one high-profile case involving a medical clinic. Back in April 2015, the Chiba District Court ruled that Google must delete the comments, but the search giant appealed that decision and has now prevailed.

The ruling dismisses the cases, which were troubling because the comments in question appeared to be legitimate. In the instance of the medical clinic, two comments made about the business via Google Maps seemed to document negative customer experiences. However, the clinic had sought to scrub them from the web via a defamation suit against Google.
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Sometimes there is judicial clarity (I know nothing of this particular case so can't comment specifically). By clarity I mean that a simple report/review is not defamatory until proved to be malicious. Too many of these cases worldwide have lacked solid ground and it is good to hear that in at least one case commonsense prevailed.