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Delhi HC accepts intervention against a Right to be Forgotten case in India

The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF)* has secured a legal intervention with consent from the Delhi HC for a case to determine whether India needs a “Right to be Forgotten” law. The court has subsequently issued a notice after IFF filed its arguments against the case; the intervention will be heard after IFF files its pleadings with the court. The next date of hearing in the case is on February 2, 2017. The Delhi HC was scheduled hear the case of whether citizens in India could have the “Right To be Forgotten” on September 19th, 2016, according to a Times of India report. This case was filed against the Union of India by Laksh Vir Singh Yadav, and it carried an argument calling the High Court to create a legal “right to be forgotten” regime in India that would initially help “delist” publicly reported and circulated court judgments. The case explained: During the case’s hearing in May, Delhi HC had ordered the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Google Inc., Google India Pvt Ltd and IKanoon Software Development Pvt Ltd to respond to the case field by Yadav. According to this report, a copy of the judgment for a criminal case involving the petitioner’s wife and mother was uploaded online on IndianKanoon—a website which publishes court judgments. The petitioner himself wasn’t a party in the case, and since the details of the case were available online, it affected his employment opportunities, according to his statement. Subsequently, the petitioner wrote to IndianKanoon…

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