Google Wins Japanese Ruling on Scrubbing Search References

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a case brought by a man found guilty years ago of child-pornography charges who wanted articles about his arrest removed from Google searches. The ruling didn’t directly address the “right to be forgotten,” which was established in the European Union by the EU’s top court in a 2014 ruling, but it did offer some of the Japanese high court’s first views on what standards should apply when people want Google and other search engines to scrub references to past wrongdoing.