HOUSE BILL 437
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
RELATING TO TRADE PRACTICES; ENACTING THE RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN ACT; REQUIRING CERTAIN PERSONS THAT PROVIDE PUBLIC INFORMATION TO REMOVE DAMAGING INFORMATION UPON REQUEST; PROVIDING A CAUSE OF ACTION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. [NEW MATERIAL] SHORT TITLE.--This act may be cited as the "Right to Be Forgotten Act".
SECTION 2. [NEW MATERIAL] DEFINITIONS.--As used in the Right to Be Forgotten Act:
A. "inaccurate, irrelevant, inadequate or excessive" means content relating to an individual that, after a significant lapse in time from its first publication, is no longer material to current public debate or discourse when considered in light of the demonstrable harm that the information, article or other content is causing to the individual's professional, financial or personal reputation or other interest; but does not include content related to criminal convictions, legal matters relating to violence in which the individual played a substantial role or content that is of significant current public interest; and
B. "publisher" means a search engine, indexer, publisher or other person that makes information about an individual available, on or through the internet or other widely used computer-based network, program or service.
SECTION 3. [NEW MATERIAL] REMOVAL OF INFORMATION.--A publisher shall remove inaccurate, irrelevant, inadequate or excessive content regarding an individual, and any links or indexes to that content, within thirty days of the date of receipt of a request to do so from that individual. The publisher shall not replace or cooperate with another person to replace the removed content with any disclaimer, takedown notice, hyperlink or other replacement notice, information or content that refers the reader to another source that provides the removed information.
SECTION 4. [NEW MATERIAL] PRIVATE REMEDIES.--
A. An individual may bring an action against a publisher that violates Section 3 of the Right to Be Forgotten Act and may recover the greater of any actual monetary loss or statutory damages in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each day or portion of a day in excess of thirty days after the publisher received the request for removal that the publisher:
(1) fails to remove inaccurate, irrelevant, inadequate or excessive content; or
(2) fails to remove any disclaimer, takedown notice, hyperlink or other replacement notice, information or content that refers the reader to another source that provides the removed information.
B. The court shall award attorney fees and costs to the party complaining of a violation of the Right to Be Forgotten Act if the party prevails. The court shall award attorney fees and costs to the party charged with violation of the Right to Be Forgotten Act if it finds that the party complaining of a violation brought an action that was groundless.
C. The relief provided in this section is in addition to remedies otherwise available against the same conduct under the common law or other statutes of this state.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2019.
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