Google right to be forgotten
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How to increase the likelihood of success of your Google right to be forgotten request
The success of Google right to be forgotten requests would often depend on the strength of your application, the nature of your request and often, on how far you might be willing to pursue your desire to have personal data removed from Google search results
Very often we receive a Goggle right to be forgotten application, which has been submitted incompletely or with key information missing. These common errors are submitted by both individuals and lawyers who approach the submission as a story-telling exercise. The story is important in a right to be forgotten request, but you must take two things into consideration. The first, is that the decision by Google s not based on the story you tell, or that a lawyer tells on your behalf to Google. What matters the most, is the application of your story to the law. Or in other words, how does your story fit with the right to be forgotten principles, such as data protection principles and and privacy law principals. The second thing you need to take into account before submitting a right to be forgotten request to Goggle, is that there is only a certain number of words, or characters of what you can write in your online application. This represents a real challenge because it means that you need to encapsulate both your story and the legal principles within a few paragraphs only.
The temptations for many individual (and often for lawyers too), is to use the limited space provided in the online form to try and explain your situation or circumstances which means there is very little space left to show how the legal principles apply to your right to be forgotten request. When you submit a right to be forgotten request to Google, your main goal should be for your application not to be rejected outright. Often, there will be a Google case worker who will be making a fast decision to whether to recommend for your Google right to be forgotten request to be allowed, whether to reject it outright or whether to ask you for more information.
The more emphasis you place on the legal principles of the right to be forgotten, the more likely it is that Google will be writing back to you, asking for additional information. You will be able to reply to Google’s request by email. This means that you will have unlimited amount of space to expand on your story and on the legal principles, why your circumstances are right, from a legal point of view, for the right to be forgotten request to be successful.
You will find that there are many organisations online who offer help with submitting right to be forgotten applications to Google. Many of those who offer help in submitting Google right to be forgotten requests have no legal qualifications or legal experience in submitting legal requests. A right to be forgotten is a legal request which could possibly have implications later on, if your right to be forgotten request is refused. The initial right to be forgotten request submission will be relied on later on if matters need to be escalated and as with all legal matters, consistency is extremely important to enhance the quality of your legal requests and your credibility. Changing your story each time you submit a legal request cannot be a good thing because it makes you look as it you are not credible. This is particularly important if your right to be forgotten request to Google is to remove links to an old criminal conviction. You would want your application to reflect the fact that you have been rehabilitated and that you have moved on with your life in a positive way.
Submissions by unqualified people who set themselves as reputation management experts often have little value and in some cases have cause significant harm to our clients’ prospect of having their Google right to be forgotten request approved. Many of those reputation management experts have no legal knowledge nor the required legal experience and therefore, if possible, you should avoid using their services to complete your right to be forgotten applications on your behalf.
You will often be better off submitting the right to be forgotten request yourself, rather than having a reputation management company doing this for you, and then, if it is refused, ask a lawyer to step in. The lawyer will resubmit your right to be forgotten application on the basis that when you submitted it yourself, you didn't to have the benefit of expert advice. Unfortunately the amount of poor submissions by reputation management companies that we have to rectify, is far too high to the detriment of those who had been persuaded to hire their services.
Before you submit a right to be forgotten request, you should look at some cases studies and successful examples of right to be forgotten applications. You can find scores of right to be forgotten examples here, examples which relate the people from different walks of life. Many of the examples listed are cases where individuals who eventually applied to Google for a right to be forgotten having waited for many years before they dared making the request, or cases where the request was initially refused by was subsequently granted.
Examples include professional people who wanted data about them removed from the internet, people with previous convictions, business people who wanted details of their private life removed from internet searches, victims of crime who became famous because of evidence they gave to the police or to the court and other people who just initiated changes in their life and who wanted the previous way by which they had been known, to give way to their new way of life.