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How to appeal a Google right to be forgotten refusal
If you already made an application to Google under the right to be forgotten and Google refused to accept your request to remove links from search results, you have a right to appeal Google's decision to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which is the regulator responsible for data protection in the United Kingdom, which has the power to overturn Google’s decisions.
You can appeal against a Google refusal to accept your right to be forgotten request directly to the ICO. For legal reasons, the appeal to the ICO is called a “complaint” because the ICO is a regulator rather than a court of appeal. Even though the ICO is a regulator, it has been given the power to make recommendations which must be followed, otherwise their search engine provider could face financial penalties. For most people, the application to the ICO under the right to be forgotten is likely to be the very last opportunity ever to have information removed from Google searches and from the internet. If the ICO’s decision doesn’t go your way, you can still apply to the court for a judicial review or file a claim against Google.
The reality, however, is that pursuing the ICO or Google through the courts could be expensive and beyond the financial reach of most ordinary people. This is why it makes sense for you to ask an expert to assist you with your ICO appeal. Ideally you should instruct a lawyer who has previously made successful applications to the ICO under the right to be forgotten for other clients with similar cases to yours.
Your solicitor would ideally know already what works and what is less likely to work because he or she routinely deals and communicates with individual caseworkers and managers at the ICO, the very same individuals who will be responsible for making the one decision that will determine what your life is going to look like in the months and years to come. Whether you will ever be able to free yourself from the shackle of undesirable internet publications, and whether you will ever again be confident and cheerful, would largely depend on the decision taken by the caseworker at the ICO.
Make sure you obtain legal advice from an expert lawyer before preparing and submitting your application or appeal to the ICO. There are various companies who offer to prepare the right to be forgotten and the ICO appeal on your behalf. Choose carefully. Our lawyers, at Cohen Davis, are among the most experienced privacy solicitors in the UK. They routinely submit successful applications to the ICO, appealing Google’s decisions to not remove information from its search engine under the right to be forgotten. With us your ICO Google appeal application, and your road to a brighter future is in safe hands.
You are more likely to succeed with your ICO right to be forgotten application if your application is drafted thoroughly as a full legal submission. This means that you will be less likely to have a need to spend significant fees in court and legal proceedings to try late on, following a refusal, to try and convince the court to overturn an adverse ICO decision. With the support of our experienced lawyers you are more likely to have a successful and a speedy conclusion to your right your right to be forgotten issue, which is what most of our clients want. Lawyers at Cohen Davis Solicitors are the UK’s leading specialists in privacy law, take down notices, Google and ICO right to be forgotten applications.
You will find that we are the only specialist internet law firm in the UK with an unusually high rate of success and client satisfaction. So just before you sit down to try and draft one of the most important documents you will ever submit, stop for a moment, browse our website for helpful information and then give us a call on 0207 183 4123 for even more help. See how we can help you make it happen!