The Right to be forgotten

Jonathan Sacramento - Wednesday 20th November

This week, GBC successfully processed its first ‘right to be forgotten’ request, and removed a story about an individual from its online archive.

This is an important milestone for our News team, and the new process has been led by our Human Resources department.

As viewers, listeners and readers may be aware, we regularly report on matters of public interest emanating from the justice system.

We have clear policies in place which set out why and when we name defendants in court proceedings. They can be found here.

If defendants are found guilty of an offence, they will be handed a sentence and serve it. After a time, the justice system gives them a fresh start, and allows them to get on with their lives, untainted by the memory of the offences they may have committed.

We have now put processes in place to ensure that we do that as well.

GBC will consider requests from individuals who feel their offences should be forgotten, and their past deleted from our online archives.

The process is simple – email with the words ‘Right to be forgotten’ in the subject, and outline your request. You will then be sent a form to fill in. GBC will consider your request, and reply within a short timeframe, setting out our decision, and the reasons why we’ve taken it.

Not all requests will be successful. There may be cases, for example, where individuals who have served a sentence are still bound by parole conditions, or there may be ongoing repercussions of a trial which endure beyond the sentence served.

We will take all factors into consideration and come to a conclusion based on fair and impartial judgement.