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제목 German murderer wins 'right to be forgotten' 
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German murderer wins 'right to be forgotten' 

A German man convicted of murder in 1982 has the right to have his name removed from online search results, Germany's highest court has ruled.

The constitutional court in Karlsruhe ruled in favor of the man, who was handed a life sentence for murdering two people on a yacht in 1982.

He was released from jail in 2002 and says he wants his family name to be distanced from his crime.

The ruling could force publications to restrict access to online archives.

What was the case?

The man was onboard the sailing ship Apollonia in the Caribbean when he shot and killed two people and severely injured another during a row.

In 1999, the Der Spiegel magazine uploaded three reports from 1982 and 1983 which included the man's full name to their website. The articles can still be found with a simple Google search.

What was the complaint?

The man became aware of the articles in 2009 and requested they be removed. He claimed they violated his rights and his "ability to develop his personality," a court statement says.

The case was initially thrown out in 2012 by a federal court which said his right to privacy did not outweigh public interest and press freedom.

But the constitutional court has overturned that decision and the case will now return to the federal courts.

Publications are allowed to keep archived articles online but could be forced to remove them if asked.

The issue of the "right to be forgotten" is a controversial one, resulting in disputes between the EU and Google.



  1. Archives


a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people.

  1. Controversial


giving rise or likely to give rise to public disagreement.

  1. Disputes


a disagreement, argument, or debate.

  1. Federal


having or relating to a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs.

  1. Constitutional


relating to an established set of principles governing a state.




1. Do you think someone who convicted of murder has the right to remove his/her name or picture off the public?

2. What would be the problem if we don’t restrict access to online histories of the criminals?

3. What did a federal court concluded in a response to the man’s request in 2012?

4. Do you know any criminals or murderers who were forced to reveal their identity?