The family of former billionaire Sean Quinn has succeeded in having 55 items published by the Irish Examiner removed by Google’s search service.
The delisting of those published items from the search engine follows a concerted effort on the part of the family to have mentions of various court cases they have been involved in, and some separate coverage of their activities, delisted by Google.
The tranche of delisted Irish Examiner web items includes 26 articles, dating from 2012 to 2019, many of which concern the Quinn family’s struggles in the High Court with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the State-owned entity which emerged from the rubble of bust lender Anglo Irish Bank.
The delistings were granted by Google during September and October, though it isn’t known who made the requests or when they were lodged.
Such delistings stem from a landmark decision by the European Court of Justice in 2014 in a case involving Google Spain, which instituted the so-called Right to be Forgotten in EU law.
The Right to be Forgotten applies to all search engines and is primarily designed to aid requesters in having out-of-date or now-irrelevant information, such as reports concerning spent convictions pertaining to them, removed from internet searches.
The regime has come in for a deal of criticism due to a perceived lack of transparency as to how decisions are made regarding what gets delisted and why.
The Irish Examiner stories delisted from the search engine include the…