Often, before we submit a right to be forgotten applications we must carry out thorough investigations to help us understand the precise source and the geographic location of an offending website.
Why it is important to investigate offending websites before you make a right to be forgotten application
Because some internet content is published for the purpose of offending, harassing or embarrassing the data subject (the Right to be Forgotten applicant). In circumstances where the publisher of the information, had made extraordinary efforts to conceal his or her identify, discovering , or at least attempting to discover who they are can provide help and support to the right to be forgotten application.
If is sometimes helpful to show Google that the website operator is not contactable is refusing to comply with data protection laws. Furthermore, to achieve a long solution to the issue, it is important to understand who is behind each of the publications. Is there someone who publishes posts about you on purpose? Has anyone got an agenda? By understanding who is behind the posts, we can, first, consider the implications of a possible approach by Google to the individual or media outlet who is publishing the posts. Second, we might consider making an approach ourselves to make sure that the posts are removed and that they do not re-appear.
Why do I need to know who the poster of the offending information is
Occasionally, we may make an application under a Right to be Forgotten to the publisher of the data rather than to the search engine provider.
On other occasions , we might commence legal proceedings for harassment against a known or unknown publisher of the data and enforce any court order against the search engine.
This is particularly helpful in cases where the search engine is refusing to de-list a web pages despite clear violation of a right to be forgotten.
Investigations into the source of the published material, are often proven highly effective in facilitating the removal of offending information from the internet.
Once we have removed the information from the source, we will make a Right to be Forgotten application to Google or to another search engine provider to ensure that they remove any traces of the offending material from search results.
Our solicitors and support team are highly skilled in carrying out internet investigations. They know exactly what to look for, which means they are likely to find it sooner rather than later.