Doctors, lawyers, accountants, financial advisers and other professional people are often disadvantaged when it comes to removing posts under a right to be forgotten. First, for them, adverse internet posts are hugely embarrassing because of their professional position and often public standing. Second, the law had deliberately made removing posts under a right to be forgotten harder for them, compared to the rest of the population.
The reason is because there is a presumption that as long as internet posts relate to the individual’s professional life, there is public interest in people finding the information fairly easily. This is why, when professional people make a request to Google for removing posts under a right to be forgotten, Google’s initial response in nearly all cases is to refuse the request.
However, if you are a doctor, an accountant, banker or a footballer and the search engine had refused your right to be forgotten request, don’t be disheartened and certainly don’t give up. The presumption that information that relates to professional people will always be relevant for the public they serve is only a presumption and if you are able to show that your individual case has exceptional circumstances that places it outside the general rule, you should put your case to the search engine in the most eloquent way you can.
The right to be forgotten is a data protection and privacy law right. Therefore, the search engine has to look at your case individually. Under data protection laws you have a right not be subjected to bulk decisions so you should press your case to the search engine and challenge it to address the individual facts in your right to be forgotten case. There are plenty of examples of professional people who succeeded with removing posts under a right to be forgotten. You will find some of these below.
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