Employment Tribunal decisions which name private individuals and their anonymisation or removal from search results for searches under their names

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

Please provide me with:

1) All information that you hold relating to complaints made to The Information Commissioner around the publication of Employment Tribunal Decisions which name private individuals since 2017

2) This information may include, but will not be limited to, the number of recorded complaints, the impact of ongoing publication and accessibility in search engine results pages, responses to requests for removal by the Employment Tribunal and by search engines, and the Information Commissioners responses to such complaints as well as your processes.

3) Please also provide details of any correspondence and discussions between ICO and HM Courts & Tribunals Service relating to either the anonymisation, or the removal from search engines by means of the addition of a No-Index tag, of those cases which are evidentially adversely impacting private individuals named within them.

4) Please also provide details of any correspondence between ICO and Google, and between ICO and Microsoft (Bing) relating to the blanket policy of not removing government links from search engine results pages when the name of a private individual is being searched online. This may also include any details of such complaints about search engines sent to ICO which have been upheld or denied, along with the reasons why and the processes which led to the decision.

Yours faithfully,

Joy Martin
Advocate for 11 people adversely impacted by the ongoing publication of ET decisions. Internet Erasure Ltd

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23 March 2023

Our reference: IC-223257-F4M8 

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3 May 2023 

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