What is a Right To Be Forgotten
A right to be forgotten is the right of an individual who wants to have their personal data removed from search engines. It is an application made to the search engine to remove information about themselves, such as links to any personal information if that information is inadequate, irrelevant or untrue. You may hear them referred to as a 'right to erasure' and 'data deletion requests'.
If you tap your name into Google and certain information appears that you do not want to be in the public domain, whatever it is, you can send the data deletion requests (right to be forgotten) form to Google to have the data deleted online. Use this article to identify search phrases for your right to be forgotten application.
A request under a right to be forgotten might be the very last opportunity you will ever have to remove adverse, defamatory, private or false information from public sight. The decisions of whether the data deletion requests will be granted depends of the nature of the information that you want removed. The information may only be removed if the impact on the individual’s privacy is greater than the public’s right to find it. In other words, Google may turn down your request if they think it is in the public’s interest to know something about you and that decision could lock you up into a Google loop forever-more.
Data deletion requests are made by anyone that needs any information that they do not want anyone to read online. There are many people with the common thread of feeling like they are carrying around a ball and chain with the negative reviews, false information, fake news, disgruntled client postings, spent criminal convictions, old blog posts and images from their younger days, revenge porn, consensual porn, exploitation porn, false claims of medical neglect, business slander on an individual, reputation spoilers, malicious statements, previous career stigma – it is limitless.
You can chance data deletion requests to Google or Bing yourself or you can enhance the likelihood of success of a Right to be Forgotten with the support and assistance of our highly experienced internet lawyers at Cohen Davis, who have already submitted hundreds of successful data deletion requests on behalf of individuals from all walks of life. More information about why getting your data deleted has a higher chance of success rate with expert right to be forgotten solicitors can be read here because submissions are not always accepted when they are not done correctly. You can make a complaint about the refusal to the ICO but this could take months and still be denied.
Remember, the search engine providers will always try to limit your rights under a right to be forgotten to the minimum possible. It is our job to ensure that your rights prevail!