A Dutch surgeon, who was suspended for medical malpractice, won a lawsuit against Google after asking the company to eliminate all search engine results related to the case.
The doctor was suspended by a group of experts following negligent practices related to postoperative care of one of his patients. After traveling, the woman saw the suspension of the sentence and was once again allowed to practice medicine.
However, every time a user wrote the name of the surgeon on Google, they were directed to a site, a sort of blacklist, with names of doctors who had been suspended.
The woman has resorted to Google and the Dutch court for the removal of links. The two entities rejected the request, claiming that the woman was still suspended and that the information remained relevant.
However, according to the newspaper "The Guardian", in what is considered the first case of "the right to oblivion" to involve medical negligence, the Amsterdam court ruled in favor of the doctor and against Google.
According to the court, and despite the information available on the sites are true, the fact that the doctor's name appears on the blacklist "suggests that he is not able to take care of people".
The case was closed in July, but it was made public only in recent days after a discussion about the opportunity or not to publish the process.
The European Court of Justice issued the "right to oblivion" in 2014 after a Spanish citizen asked Google to delete data from his search engine.
This standard allows European citizens to remove links that direct users to "inappropriate, irrelevant or … excessive" content. According to "The Guardian", around three million Europeans have already applied.