The Right to Be Forgotten? by Conrad Coutinho
Posted in: Research at 01/04/2012 15:37
Have you ever Googled your own name? Statistics say that you probably have. Egotism aside, in a world where potential employers, schools and even romantic partners are likely to Google you, it would be irresponsible not to be aware of what pops up when you search your name. Many experts (and this non-expert) even recommend setting up a Google alert in your name.
But, what can one really do if, for example, your top search results include an out of date, hopelessly inaccurate and embarrassing article from your hometown newspaper? As much guff as Facebook gets for its poor record on privacy protection, an average Facebook user has a relatively powerful set of tools at his or her disposal: you can delete or untag yourself from embarrassing photos, limit who can view your profile, and even delete your profile completely. But, is there anything you can do about embarrassing search results?