10 People Who Want To Be Forgotten By Google, From An Attempted Murderer To A Cyberstalker


Who wants things removed from Google under the newly declared “right to be forgotten” in the European Union? A convicted cyberstalker, an attempted murderer, a politician, a business with bad reviews and a pedophile are among those making such requests to Google.

Yesterday, the BBC noted the first three of the cases listed below. Marketing Land has also learned of them directly from a source, along with seven other requests that Google has received.

The Politician Who Behaved Badly

A former politician seeks to have links removed about his behavior while in office — presumably unflattering behavior.

The Doctor With Poor Reviews

A physician wants links to a review site removed, again, presumably reviews that aren’t positive.

The Convicted Pedophile

A man convicted of having child pornography wants links to information about his conviction expunged.

The Celebrity Child’s Criminal Past

The child of a celebrity wants news articles about a criminal conviction removed. Presumably, this is an adult child, as articles commonly aren’t written that name minors.

The Business With Bad Reviews

A company accused of ripping off consumers wants links to forum discussions about this removed.

The Actor’s Affair

An actor seeks to have articles about an affair with a teenager removed.

The Attempted Murderer

Someone who tried to murder his family wants a news article about the incident dropped.

The Suspended University Instructor

A university instructor who was suspended wants articles about the action removed.

The Cyberstalker Seeks Privacy

A convicted cyberstalker named in an article about cyberstalking laws wants a link to it removed.

The Tax Dodger

A tax scammer would like to remove all links to content connecting him to his crime.

Learn More

Want to understand more about the new EU right to be forgotten? See our explainer on our Search Engine Land sister site:

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  • Movie Munce

    How many comedians are working on “right to be forgotten by my wife” jokes right now?

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    This is excellent Google propaganda, but in reality about 100.00% of people who want their private data to appear online — when phone numbers, home address, etc, are posted by somebody perhaps 20 years ago who either did not appreciate the permanent implications or just did it on purpose — are just ordinary private individuals.

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