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Kerala HC Admits Plea for Removal of Personal Details in Reported Court Orders from Search Engines

Lawstreet Journal 20 Oct 2020 5:57pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Kerala HC Admits Plea for Removal of Personal Details in Reported Court Orders from Search Engines

The Kerala High Court admitted a petition seeking the erasure of a person’s personal details from a court order available on the internet (Nikhil S Rajan v. Union of India and Ors).

A Single Judge Bench of Justice N Nagaresh admitted the petition, which seeks the erasure of the petitioner’s personal details from a Google search result.

The petitioner, a consultant dentist, approached the Court aggrieved that a bail order containing his personal details was the first result of an internet search, despite his subsequent acquittal in the case.

Apart from this, the details of the crime of which he was accused as well as his personal details were printed in the bail order. Moreover, he noticed that the filing details of the crime as specified in the bail order were erroneous.

Describing the experience as traumatic, especially because the search result displayed his name, father’s name, address, and a wrong crime number, the petitioner has stated that the same infringes upon his right to privacy.

Based on the global practice in digital privacy, it has been argued that information on the internet has a character of digital eternity. The “eternity of information on the internet” would necessarily infringe on the right to privacy of individuals, it has been asserted.

The petition has been filed specifically against Google Inc. for the search result, and Indian Kanoon for carrying the bail order with the petitioner’s personal information.

The petitioner claims that he raised a grievance about the publication of his personal details on Indian Kanoon's database and that… Continue Reading...

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