According to Article 17 of the General Data Protection Regulation (adopted in 2018), every European user can ask Google to remove news from Google Search Results with the Right to be Forgotten. This right was first established in May 2014 in the European Union as the result of a ruling by the European Court of Justice, who decided that every individual can ask search engines like Google to delist certain results for queries related to his/her name. He/She can ask this delisting if these personal content are irrelevant, inadequate, inaccurate or excessive, so much that they ruin his/her online reputation.
How to ask Google to remove news from search results?
If you look for your name on Google Search and you find some illegal, irrelevant, inadequate, inaccurate or excessive news about yourself among the Google search Results, you can ask Google to remove them through this webform for the Right to be forgotten. Every search engine has to include this tool for their users, according to the General Data Protection Regulation. Talking about the webform, if you want to submit a request through it, you must include some mandatory information in there: the specific URL of the news you want to be delisted; a description of how these news are related to you and how they attack your online reputation; the reason why you want to delist that content; the search query used to find those news; an email address where you can be reached and where Google can answer to your request.
How does the process for the right to be forgotten work?
In general, the right to be forgotten concerns every request submitted by a user to ask the search engine to remove some personal and negative content. After sending the request, there will be a manual review of this request by a professional team of reviewers, which will consider whether some criteria are respected and whether to accept it or not. For example, it will consider whether and how the information may be in the public interest and weigh this against your rights under the applicable data protection law. Among the other criteria taken into consideration during Google’s decision process are the origin of the information (where the news comes from), how old the content, the effect on Google’s users, its accuracy and the eventual presence of sensitive data. However, none of these factors are absolute and it can happen that even more than one factor is taken into consideration during the decision process.