You Have The Right To Be Forgotten
If there is information about you on the internet that you would rather wasn’t there, you may be able to get it removed from search results - by exercising your rights to privacy and data protection.
It could be:
- your financial data
- medical or other records
- details of any past criminal convictions.
Ask the relevant search engine to stop listing it when searches are made against your name
- Most of these requests go to Google because they have over 90% share of the search market
- Most search engines have an online form
- The search company then decides if it will agree to stop listing the links
- They take many factors into account, including the interests of the public in having access to the information, and whether you are a public figure
- If links are de-listed they will not appear in European search results against your name
- People may still be able to find it elsewhere on the internet.
You can go directly to the source website
- Often people choose to do this as well as going to the search engine.
What if the search engine refuses to take it down?
- Complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
- You may be able to take the relevant search engine to court
- We can give you guidance on the removals process and advise on complaints to the ICO or court action.
Google has removed almost a million links
- Request removal of content from Google search
- Press Release from the Court of Justice of the European Union on a major 2014 decision on the Right to Be Forgotten
- Full judgment in the 2014 case
- Guidance from the EU Data Protection Working Party
- Report a concern to the Information Commissioner’s Office.