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A Win for the 'Right to Be Forgotten' for a Doctor in the Netherlands

Daniel Boffey writes for The Guardian, “A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling.” She had served a conditional suspension from being registered as a healthcare professional while still being allowed to practice. The first Google results for her name had linked to a website for an unofficial doctor blacklist.

“Google and the Dutch data privacy watchdog, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, initially rejected attempts to have the links removed on the basis that the doctor was still on probation and the information remained relevant,” Boffey writes. “The judge [for the district court of Amsterdam] said that while the information on the website with reference to the failings of the doctor in 2014 was correct, the pejorative name of the blacklist site suggested she was unfit to treat people, and that was not supported by the disciplinary panel’s findings.”

He continues, “The surgeon’s lawyer, Willem van Lynden, from the Amsterdam firm MediaMaze, said the ruling was groundbreaking in ensuring doctors would no longer be judged by Google on their fitness to practise.”

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