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Remove my name from Google.

There are different ways by which you can remove your name from Google search results. If you want to remove your name from Google because search results that Google presents are defamatory, you can either do this by applying defamation law, privacy law or data protection law.

If the information that Google presents about you is not defamatory but is private or perhaps is not private but you have decided that you are no longer wishing for it to be presented to the world via Google searches, you can in most cases use European data protection and privacy laws to have the information removed from Google searches.

If the information that you wish to remove includes images or videos, which perhaps in the past you were happy for Google to present but now you feel slightly uncomfortable with, you can utilise data protection law, privacy law and copyright law to force Google to remove the unwanted images and/or videos from searches or apply these laws towards the operator of each of the relevant websites.

Whatever the reason is for your wish to have your name removed from Google, you have certainly come to the right place for helpful advice.

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Remove my name from Google
  • Can you remove a publication of professional discipline from Google

  • What to do if your business is defamed on Google

  • What to do if your criminal case appears in the Google searches when you were not guilty 

    The press in the UK is free to report about legal proceedings provided the reporting is fair and accurate. This means that even if you had been found not guilty following a criminal case, articles about your court case might still appear in Google searches. You can, however, have those articles removed from Google searches.

    Case study on removal of news articles on a not guilty verdict

    What is the problem with news articles about a not guilty court case

    Do you have a legal right to have news articles removed form the internet

    What is the legal right to a private life

    Case study on removal of news articles on a not guilty verdict

    Dan was a successful businessman based in Newcastle, who had been happily married for the best part of fourteen years with two young children. Some seventeen years ago he had been falsely accused of sexual assault, of which he was charged and then later acquitted as it emerged that the accuser had been lying and concocted the story to damage Dan’s reputation as a budding businessman at the time. Naturally, articles were published nationally both in print and online detailing the alleged assault and trial.

    These remained on the internet and were available to see for many years. A few years on, Dan discovered that a disgruntled ex-employee was telling current employees and other associates to Google his name, to reveal the articles which had reported the alleged assault and trial that took place over seventeen years ago.

    The ex-employee that had been dismissed was evidently bitter about being fired and in retaliation was attempting to defame Dan by encouraging the circulation of outdated and false news concerning him. As a result of the ex-employee’s actions, who were constantly researching Dan's name, the articles began to rank high on Google searches relating to Dan’s name and his business.

    What is the problem with news articles about a not guilty court case

    Dan was extremely concerned about the detrimental impact this might have on both his personal and professional life. His two children were young and impressionable and the risk of them being exposed to the articles through friends at school held dire consequences. His reputation amongst employees and associates was being tarnished and as a result, friendships and business relations were becoming strained. Lastly, his wife was becoming extremely distressed with news circulating around town, coming back to haunt them.

    Dan was entirely innocent and had not committed the alleged wrongdoing, yet he was having to deal with the repercussions of an event he had not even committed. Acknowledging that action needed to be taken, Dan contacted our law firm seeking help to remove the outdated articles from the internet.

    Do you have a legal right to have news articles removed form the internet

    There are circumstances where, even if the press publication about you is true, you will have a legal right to remove news articles from Google searches. This will often be the case with a not guilty verdict following a criminal case.

    Our expert lawyers advised Dan that he had a fundamental right to exercise a private life, of which the publishers of the articles must respect. Publishers must strike a balance as to what content should be kept private to protect an individual and what amounts to public interest and publication.

    What is the legal right to a private life

    The legal right to a private life is contained and protected in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This article states that individuals have the right to live their life privately without government interference. Courts have broadly interpreted this definition and consequently are able to apply it to many things for example, one’s sexual orientation, lifestyle, personal identity as well as the prevention of media intervention in one’s life. Evidently, in Dan’s case his right to a private life had been breached as the articles posted on the websites were causing severe disruptions to his personal life. The article related to a historic allegation, of which took place seventeen years ago to which he had been cleared.

    The information held no current relevance in being accessible online especially as the accuser had confessed to the court that she fabricated the story and Dan had been cleared of all allegations. The article now served one purpose and one purpose alone- to defame Dan and cause havoc in all aspects of his life. Our lawyers advised Dan that we would be able to assist him with the removal of the articles from public sight. We first communicated with the publishers of the articles directly and sought to have the articles deleted, explaining the harmful effect they had on Dan and his life.

    The publishers refused to remove the articles on the basis that they had a right to report legal proceedings, the content was factually correct at the time, and they were therefore entitled to retain the articles online. There is no denying that the publishers had a right to all the above under journalistic exemptions contained by the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. However, the content of the articles was now outdated, factually untrue and unfair- thereby justifying its removal.

    We consequently contacted Google and requested the articles be de-listed from their search results detailing the consequences they bore on our client. Google agreed to our request and had the articles de-listed from its search results. Our client, Dan was extremely satisfied with the results we were able to provide in having the search results de-listed. He was able to lead his life peacefully once again without the concerns of falsified allegations being widely available on the internet.

    If you find that the press has published articles about a criminal case where you had been found not guilty, or where your not guilt criminal case is coming up on Google searches, you should seek legal advice and a specialist lawyer, following a review of your individual matter, will be able to, in most cases, to help you remove all mentions of your criminal case from Google searches.

  • What to do if you have been defamed on the internet

  • “I instructed Cohen Davis on a very complicated matter of online harassment campaign against myself together with a large group of people. It involved hundreds of internet posts targeting large number of individuals. We needed an harassment injunction to stop the publication of private information about us on the internet.
    I am a lawyer myself but deal with a different area of law altogether. One of the main reasons we decided to instruct a firm such as Cohen Davis is that they were the only law firm we found who has an efficient system that is designed to handle large scale online harassment campaigns.
    The firm was undeterred by the scale, any difficulties or challenges along their way and their client care was fantastic. You can contact them 24/7.
    They gave us all rounded advice on privacy, defamation, harassment and PR as the online harassment campaign against us affected our businesses too.
    The firm is definitely highly knowledgeable of internet law here in England and in other countries, they are practical and are totally focused on getting the job done regardless of the many challenges along the way. Yair Cohen is very knowledgeable of anything to do with the internet. He understands both people and computers and how the two interact with one another.
    He has a unique ability to explain matters very clearly, even complicated technical issues, which helped us make the right decisions throughout the case.
    The firm has delivered excellent outcomes to us and helped us deal with a huge problem that other firms we approached didn’t really understand.
    The mental and emotional support Cohen Davis gave us is second to none and I will always remember and appreciate it.
    SG and family,
    London

      

  • “I would like to very deeply thank Yair, Louise and Adam for giving my family, in particular my sons a more stress free normal life. It is a great weight of my shoulders not to have people pre judge me and my family through reading the search results in Google, which created the wrong image about what sort of person I was, and tainted the integrity of my family members. Thank you and your team so very much for giving us our lives back. I will always be grateful for the very professional way the team handled my right to be forgotten case, I cannot express adequately in words the peace of mind and freedom you have given to my family. thank you once again.

    Kindest Regards "

    EW,
    Lincolnshire

      

  • “I was directed to the Cohen Davis Team from another defamation lawyer in the USA who stated that he had seen a presentation by this group and felt that they had the know-how to deal with the particulars of my situation. Taking their advice, I contacted Cohen Davis. From moment one, the lawyers and their staff were courteous and attentive. I felt heard and understood every step of the way. They stayed in contact every step of the way and guided me with care. This was incredible considering that I was retaining their services all the way from the USA and we had a huge time zone gap to deal with. I hope never to need their services again but I would recommend them without hesitation."
    E Perez,
    New York, USA

      

  • Removing allegations of sexual offences from GoogleJurisdiction: United Kingdom

    Pages removed from: Google searches (The Bury Times)

    Date of removal: 19 April 2016

    Number of web pages removed:1

    Additional information: Our client was falsely accused of a sexual offence and acquitted many years ago. However, an ongoing publication on the topic continued to have an enormously detrimental effect on our client's life. Our privacy solicitors successfully communicated with Google and facilitated the removal of an article from search results, which had previously appeared as the second natural search result on searching our client’s name.

  • Jurisdiction: United State, Californiaright to be forgotten solicitor removal from searches

    Pages removed from: Google searches

    Date of removal: 07 October 2015

    Number of search results removed from Google: 2

    Additional information: Our defamation solicitors removed 2 search results from Google searches in relation to 14 search phrases. 

      

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