Live in the European Union and want some old, irrelevant info about you deleted from search results? Google has now implemented a search removal request..
Google has provided a webform for users to request data be removed following a European Court Of Justice ruling earlier this month which said that Google must respect a “right to be forgotten” and, at the request of private individuals, remove “irrelevant” and outdated information that contravenes an EU privacy directive concerning the way personal data is processed.
Jimmy Wales has been quoted as saying the ruling is “ridiculous” and “very bizarre”, pointing out that it could lead to a scenario where a newspaper can publish information but a search engine can’t link to it. Or that a smaller search engine with no business footprint in Europe is able to display information that a larger search engine such as Google can’t. Censorship of information is the spectre that critics of the ruling are invoking.
Some details here that are not included in the article if you think you are affected:
Applicants are asked to give their name, link addresses for removal from search result and provide proof of identity.
Only EU citizens can request to take down links and only where their name appears, unless they legally represent a person. They must explain how search results are "irrelevant, outdated or otherwise inappropriate".
Google will balance the right to privacy with the public interest.
In Britain, users can resort to the Information Commissioner's Office, or take Google to court.