Legal advice right to be forgotten
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Why seek legal advice before applying for a right to be forgotten
Clients who seek legal advice before applying for a right to be forgotten are far more likely to be successful with the removal of unwanted links from Google searches
Before applying for the deletion of links from Google, you should seek legal advice. The application for deletion must be reviewed by Google caseworkers who will apply a set standard but also who might bring into the decision-making process his or her own view on the subject matter of the articles that you wish to be delisted from Google searches.
A refusal of your right to be forgotten request from the outset is likely to make it more difficult for a solicitor to subsequently turn the decision around. A solicitor will make sure that there is little scope for your initial right to be for forgotten application to be refused on grounds that can be difficult to overturn on appeal.
They will work with you to ensure that all the necessary documentation is in order and that your application is as strong as possible. This will give you the best chance of success in having your data removed from Google's search results.
If you want a successful right to be forgotten application, you will need to provide detailed and specific information about the personal data you want to be removed and why. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the process and ensure that your application has the best chance of success.
If you believe that Google has incorrectly refused your right to be forgotten application, you can challenge their decision. To do so, you will need to send a formal GDPR Notice to Google, along with any supporting evidence or documentation. Google will then review your case and make a determination.
If they still refuse your request, you can file a complaint with the ICO or continue to pursue the matter with Google. We have developed a number of processes that help our client get the balance right between cost and a successful outcome.
Our unique processes to ensure a successful right to be forgotten application has been developed by our solicitors and they involve small yet effective levels of escalation to different decision makers at Google, including to Google's in-house attorneys and external solicitors in Ireland and in the UK.
If an individual believes that there is information about them online that is inaccurate, irrelevant, or otherwise harmful to their reputation, they can request that the information be removed. This is often done by asking the website or search engine to remove the information from their search results.
If the individual is successful in their request, the information will no longer appear in search results for their name. When you apply for the right to be forgotten, also known as erasure, you are asking Google to remove certain information about you from its search results.
This is a complicated legal process with potential implications for your privacy and reputation, so it's important to seek legal advice before taking this step. The right to be forgotten is a legal concept that allows individuals to request the removal of certain information about them from the internet.
The right to be forgotten is not currently recognised in the United States, but some other jurisdictions have enacted laws to protect this right. The right to be forgotten is based on the principle that individuals have a right to control their own information and to have their privacy respected.
If you are a citizen of the United States and still wish to apply for apply to have links removed from Google searches, seek legal advice and we might be able to help you.
The notion of the right to be forgotten is likely to remain within the European legal landscape although the scope of the right to be forgotten might change in the future. The right to be forgotten has been advocated for by some as a way to protect people's privacy rights online.
However, others have raised concerns that such a right could be abused to allow people to erase their pasts and avoid accountability for their actions. The debate over the right to be forgotten is likely to continue as the internet increasingly becomes a central part of our lives.
In the meantime, you should take advantage of the opportunities the right to be forgotten present at present time and apply for a right to be forgotten as early as you possibly can as some of the rules might change in the future.
Some of the limits of the right to be forgotten are that:
- The EU rule of the right to be forgotten has been left for search engines to implement
- The EU rule means that if you are an EU citizen, personal data that is inaccurate must be removed but only subject to a number of exceptions.
- The right to be forgotten only applies to personal data.
- The right to be forgotten only applies if search engines agree to your request or if the court or the data protection regulator, the ICO have ordered the search engine to remove links to the offending content that have the information.
- The EU rule does not extend to search engine advertisements or to information about companies, subject to some exceptions, which your solicitor will be able to discuss with you.
If you are planning to make a right to be forgotten application, it is important to consider using a social media expert solicitor. This is because they will be able to advise you on the best way to approach your application and overcome some of the inherent limitations.
There are many gray areas that over the years our solicitors have been able to resolve in favour of our clients despite initial objections by the search engines, and also deal with any potential issues that may arise. Using a solicitor who is experienced in this area will give you the best chance of success, and ensure that your application is dealt with in the most efficient way possible.
If you are concerned about your online privacy, about your reputation and about your well-being, and want to have your personal information removed from the internet, you should instruct Cohen Davis to handle your entire right to be forgotten application.
Cohen Davis is a law firm with experience in online privacy law, and they can help you navigate the process of having your information removed from search engines and other websites.
Social media expert solicitors at Cohen Davis have handled over 1,500 personal data protection applications and have a wealth of experience in helping you safely, quickly, compliantly and cost-effectively to move on to the next stage of your life.