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Right to be forgotten

Right to be forgotten

We are the only law firm in the UK with a dedicated team that specialises exclusively in making successful right to be forgotten applications. Often a right to be forgotten application forms the basis of a subsequent appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

The ICO is far more likely to overturn Google refusal to allow a right to be forgotten application than most people realise. Our experience is that an average of around 92% of right to be forgotten applications that our firm submits on behalf of our clients are successful, either with Google or upon appeal. This include right to be forgotten applications that end up being appealed to the ICO.

Successful right to be forgotten applications that we have recently submitted and have been successful with, include applications on behalf of individuals who had been convicted of criminal offences and of teachers who had been subject to teacher misconduct disciplinary procedure by National College for Teaching and Leadership, including teachers who had been subject to suspension which had in the meantime expired. We are generally highly successful in submitting right to be forgotten applications in relation to individuals who had been investigated, charged and tried by criminal courts and who had been found not guilty by the jury. Right to be forgotten applications that fall under this category include applications on behalf of celebrities and other individuals who are in the public eye or whose cases attracted media attention for various reasons.

When submitting a right to be forgotten application in relation to a newspaper article that is published online, you must take into consideration the possibility that Google will inform the publishes, particularly mainstream news publishers, of your application. This could result in various freedom of information by the news reported which you must be ready to handle and often object to as quickly as possible. Our supper friendly and highly knowledgeable lawyers are happy to help and answer any questions that you might have. Call us for a chat and for further advice on how to complete a successful right to be forgotten application.

Right to be forgotten. We are the only law firm in the UK with a dedicated team that specialises exclusively in making successful right to be forgotten applications.
  • Right to be forgotten appeal to the ICO against Google decision

    Right to be forgotten appeal to the ICO against Google decision

    If you already made an application to Google under the right to be forgotten and your application was declined, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the regulator responsible for data protection in the United Kingdom, which has the power to overturn Google’s decisions.

    "For most people the application to the ICO under the right to be forgotten is likely to be the very last opportunity ever to have information removed from Google searches and from the internet."

  • Right to be forgotten refused

    Right to be Forgotten Refused

    If your right to be forgotten application was refused by Google, don’t be disheartened. You now have at least two options to choose from before moving forward.

    The first one is to make an application to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to appeal Google’s decision to refuse your right to be forgotten application, and the second is to issue Google with a s10 letter under the Data Protection Act (DPA), which in turn will trigger a legal process which could very possibly end up in court.

    Reporting a Concern to the ICO against Google refusal to comply with a right to be forgotten request

    To appeal Google refusal to the ICO, you will need to file what the ICO calls a “concern”. You should however treat the report of a concern to the ICO against Google's right to be forgotten refusal as an appeal and we

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  • The opportunity - a right to be forgotten

    right to be forgotten legal advice solicitors

    Adverse results from search engines can often have severe consequences, sometimes affecting you as an individual, sometimes affecting your family and at other times affecting your business. This will seem particularly unfair where the information presented by the search engine against your name or the name of your business is untrue, deceptive or very old.

  • SEO and a right to be forgotten

    Many "webpage removal specialists" offer to remove bad pages from the search results by using search engine optimisation (SEO).

    It is a series of techniques that companies use to try and make their websites appear on the first pages of internet search results.

    It is largely a promotional tool which, if used knowledgeably, can bring almost any business tons of success. SEO is a good medicine to cure marketing problems. But when it comes to a bad and rapidly spreading case of infectious defamation, SEO might be less effective.

    Remember that SEO is a preventative tool. It does not "remove" or "delete" bad search results but only temporarily pushes them down the search results.

    If the information that you wish to remove

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  • How to make a successful right to be forgotten application

    right to be forgotten legal advice solicitors

    On 12 October 2014, Google reported to have rejected more than two thirds of all the ‘right to be forgotten’ applications they received from UK applicants.

    Google’s decision to comply with any such applications is of course at their discretion (albeit in accordance with the landmark court ruling made in Google Spain SL & Google Inc v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) & Costeja González (“Google Spain”) in May 2014) and there are currently no hard and fast rules which might serve to predict an applicant’s chances of success. Indeed, when comparing some successful applications against those which Google rejected, it becomes quite apparent that (at least on the face of it) even Google does not appear to maintain a consistent approach in how it deals with each right to be forgotten request.