If there is a video on YouTube, which contains your personal data, you have a right to have it removed from the internet under a right to be forgotten.

Removing videos from internet search results might prove more challenging than one would normally expect. Having a video deleted, might often be a better option. Both can be achieved with a right to be forgotten application.

The reason why removing a video from search results under a right to be forgotten could be difficult, is because  YouTube and Google Search are owned by the same company, which means that if YouTube declines an application to delete or remove access to an offending video, Google search will continue to offer that video in search results.

Sometimes, YouTube will agree to disable access to a video but will keep the comments section. This means that the video will still appear on Google search despite being disabled by YouTube.

You can make a Right to be Forgotten application directly to YouTube because it operates its own search engine and because it hosts the offending information. You might also make an additional application to Google in its capacity as a search engine provider.

Our Right to be Forgotten solicitor will help you strategise your applications to ensure they are effective and consistent.