How to Exercise Your Right-to-be-Forgotten

June 2, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Do you want to be forgotten by Google? Weird question, you might think this one is!

But then, what we talk about here is for real. A top court in Europe had recently ruled that the search behemoth should dump links that lead to ‘outdated information’ about individuals at their request.

Post-ruling, Google has now opened up an online form for those wanting to be go off search.

The ruling follows a Google appeal on an order by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) to remove links to articles about an individual published in a Spanish newspaper in 1998 by a Spanish newspaper.


It may be recalled that the AEPD had ruled so after considering a report that a man from Spain found online links to articles that elaborated on a real-estate auction organized to settle social security debts when he searched his name on the net.

On finding this, the Spanish national requested that the links need to be taken off simply because the information live on search was actually irrelevant in the current context.

The AEPD ruling, in fact, triggered many such requests from various quarters. An appeal by Google on that front was declined by the European court, after which the search giant has now opened an online where anyone can submit their ‘right to be forgotten’ requests.

If you are among those who believe in the right to be forgotten, you just have to fill in your details, links to the ‘outdated information’, and an explanation of why they should be removed.

Your request may be submitted along with a scan of your photo ID, so as to prevent fraudulent attempts to remove information.

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