Exercising your right to be forgotten


How do you get your data removed from search engine results?  This was the question a member brought to us recently.  We consulted with our experts, and discovered that according to the May 2014 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, people can ask search engines to remove specific results for queries when the results include their name and violate their privacy rights.  In such a case, the search engine is legally obligated to evaluate every request and to comply.

Before you submit the request though, you need to ask the webmaster of the linked site to remove the particular content.  Otherwise, even if your data don’t appear in the search engine's results, they are still on the original website.

Each search engine has its own form for you to fill out and you must submit one to each search engine linking to the content:

For Google:

For Bing:

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