As a company focused on making it easier for the average person to conduct a background check, we’ve been following the EU ruling that individuals have the “right to be forgotten” when it comes to search engine results with some interest. As Google begins complying with the new law, it is worth considering the implications, even if a similar ruling has yet to make it to our shores.
With an individual’s right to request removal from a search engine, might this make the ability to search public records even more valuable? Should this apply equally to those with criminal records and those with merely unpleasant embarrassments from their past? We don’t have the answers, but think it merits more attention.
Here are some links to get you caught up on this fascinating case, and remember, BeenVerified respects your privacy. Individuals have always had the right to opt out of our search results by request.
What Europe’s Right to be Forgotten Means For Google (and You)
Pedophile, politician and unpopular doctor among those who want Google to forget them
What Google Must Forget: The EU Ruling on the Right to be Forgotten
What do you think about this ruling? How might it affect your ability to search or be searched? Let us know in the comments.
As the Web progresses, people are going to demand more transparency and more control over their data. Google plays a huge role in this, as they are the ultimate gatekeepers of the information available on the Web. When it comes to public records, BeenVerified plays a very similar role. We are excited to see that Google is educating people through their Good to Know campaign on their end, and we plan to continue to work on educating people on public records. Continue reading