What does this cover?

The Deputy Commissioner and Data Protection Director at the ICO, David Smith, has taken some time this month to reflect, in an ICO blog, on the Google search result ruling 18 months ago. The Google search result ruling saw CJEU determine that Google had to delete certain search result data on individuals where it was "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" (source: EU Court ruling) on the individual's request. 

David notes that "the first thing to reflect on is that we haven’t seen the avalanche of cases coming to us that some predicted".  Indeed, the ICO reports that it receives around 25 to 45 'right to be forgotten' matters each month and of these around 60% are eligible for ICO intervention. David Smith explains that "More often than not, the process ends with us agreeing with Google’s decision. That is most commonly because we consider that the information was factually accurate"; however, it is also pointed out by David that whilst "Google has so far responded constructively [with regards to ICO challenges to Google's decisions not to remove some search result entries] , and the links are no longer visible on the European versions of their search engine…we consider that they should go a step further, and make the links no longer visible to anyone directly accessing any Google search services from within the UK (this would include someone sat a desk in Newcastle, but using google.com)."

To view the ICO blog, please click here

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

None - for interest only.