An interesting insistence on Google enforcing the right to be forgotten

I wonder which of the four it was who asked Google to erase this from European search results?

Vicky Pryce, Chris Huhne, Dennis MacShane or Carina Trimingham?

14 thoughts on “An interesting insistence on Google enforcing the right to be forgotten”

  1. Notice of European data protection removal from Google Search

    To: Webmaster of,

    Due to a request under data protection law in Europe, Google can no longer show one or more pages from your site in Google Search results. This only affects responses to some search queries for names or other personal identifiers that might appear on your pages. Only results on European versions of Google are affected. No action is required from you.

    What we’d like you to know:
    These pages haven’t been blocked entirely from our search results

    They’ve only been blocked on certain searches for names on European versions of Google Search. These pages will continue to appear for other searches.

    We aren’t disclosing which queries have been affected.

    In many cases, affected queries don’t relate to the name of any person mentioned prominently on the page.

    For example, the name might only appear in a comment section.

  2. Trying to work out which one of the four still has a reputation worth protecting is a challenge, isn’t it?

  3. Somebody I indirectly know who maintains an online database of election results was contacted by somebody who once stood for election years ago demanding that that factual historical fact be expunged from his site.

  4. Is there a search engine that doesn’t do this? Because its based outside the EU?

    Incidentally why do I have to type my details in every time I want to post on here now? It used to remember them.

  5. Jim

    Are you using the same browser? Has it been updated?

    Check the preferences. For example, in Firefox you need to go to ‘Preferences > Privacy & Security > History > Remember search and form privacy’ and check the box.

    As for a decent search engine, try DuckDuckGo. Silly name, but it’s a pretty good engine and the developers say it doesn’t track you. Google is NOT your friend.

    I also recommend Brave:

  6. @Thomas Fuller: auto settings are on, all they want to do is fill the form out with my full name and address, which isn’t much help. I used to come here and my email and name would be already in the comment boxes, no longer it seems. Could be something to do with my antivirus I guess, its probably updated itself and changed something.

    I’ve heard of Duckduckgo, I’ll give it a whirl.

  7. Tim,

    This may answer your question, unless an IT bod here tells me that there is a different explanation for what I just did?

    Type the following into google search

    site: macshane

    Then try same swapping “macshane” (at the end) for “pryce”, etc

    In case it’s not clear, I’ve added macshane at the end. ie, I’ve narrowed it down to the one site (that should ordinarily be the only google response), and then add in each name one by one.

    Trimingham is the one that doesn’t deliver the single expected result?

    Someone might want to check it? If that Is a valid way of testing it?

  8. @Jim, August 9, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Same here: name & email details no longer stored.

    Here, OOL and some others.

    For a few weeks post GDPR there was a “Remember Details” tick box.

    That vanished same time stored details did.

    Also, on OOL Edit post has gone.

    Anyone know why?

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