How to Remove Personal Info from the Internet using The Right to Be Forgotten

What is The Right to Be Forgotten and how can it help me remove my information from the internet

The Right to Be Forgotten refers to the ability of individuals to request that search engines remove links to specific online content about themselves that is outdated, irrelevant, or infringes on their privacy.  While there are a lot of restrictions on who and how The Right to Be Forgotten can be used to get personal or unwanted information of Google and other internet search engines, it is among the most popular content removal strategies used by qualifying individuals and reputation management companies to clear personal information from search engine results.

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Steps to use The Right to Be Forgotten to get personal information removed from Google

Here are the steps to use The Right to Be Forgotten to get personal information removed from Google:

  1. Determine if you are eligible
  2. Contact Google
  3. Wait for Google's response
  4. Appeal if necessary

Now, that you’ve got the basic idea of the standard procedure one needs to follow to be successful in getting personal information off Google Search using The EU Right to Be Forgotten, it will be helpful to delve a bit deeper into each of the four above mentioned steps.

Determine if you are eligible:

The Right to Be Forgotten is only applicable in certain circumstances, such as if the personal information is inaccurate, incomplete, or obsolete. You may not be eligible if the information is still accurate, relevant, or in the public interest.

Contact Google:

Submit a request to Google by visiting their removal form page. You will need to provide details of the specific URLs that you want to be blocked, along with supporting documents to prove that the information is outdated, inaccurate, or infringes on your privacy.

Wait for Google’s response:

Google will review your request and consider whether the information should be removed or not. They will communicate with you via email about the decision.

Appeal if necessary:

If your request is denied, you can appeal the decision to the appropriate data protection authority in your country or the country where the search engine is based.

Some important considerations to keep in mind

It's important to note that The Right to Be Forgotten is not absolute and may vary based on the laws of the country where the individual resides or where the data controller is based.

Google’s Right to Be Forgotten Removal Review Process and How to Ask Google to Delist Content

In 2014, the EU Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to ask search engines like Google to delist results that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive” on the basis of a person’s name. Since then more countries have adopted similar laws. Learn how to submit a request to delist content and Google’s review process.

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