Dutch surgeon wins landmark 'right to be forgotten' case
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 âright to be forgottenâ ruling.
The doctorâs registration on the register of healthcare professionals was initially suspended by a disciplinary panel because of her postoperative care of a patient. After an appeal, this was changed to a conditional suspension under which she was allowed to continue to practise.
But the first results after entering the doctorâs name in Google continued to be links to a website containing an unofficial blacklist, which it was claimed amounted to âdigital pilloryâ. It was heard that potential patients had found the blacklist on Google and discussed the case on a web forum....