It is known that Google keeps all data about its users.
Also the fact we are all reconciled with it
because it helps to make the search and the functioning of many applications more precise. And
what happens if we want to delete all collected data about us?
For two years, there exists the right to be forgotten on the Czech Internet, but in many European
countries since 2014. This means a possibility to have links to articles that damage the person's
reputation deleted from the Internet search. So far, it has been used by thousands of people. But
some have achieved the so-called “Streisand Effect”. This means that paradoxically a lot more
people started to be interested in the photo or the article than before.
And how does it work?
You will check, if your problem belongs to the catefory of solvable cases. The link unjustly
damages you. Then you fill in a form where you request a deletion and you wait. It´s up to Google if
it complies with your request. But count on waiting. There are thousands of people in front of you.
Can I apply?
Anyone, who feels the sins of his youth are spoiling the bright future, can apply. Google respects
the law in its own way because it has the the right to the last word. And even if the link is finally
deleted the incriminated article or photo remains on the Internet. And at the bottom of the searchnig
page, it writes that some results could be removed under EU law. That will actually increase the
interest in deleted information.
Several well-known doctors and scientists applied for deleting links from the work of their
colleagues becuse comments of them weren't very praising. However, Google rejected all of them.
There are a few tips for you on how to behave so you didn´t have to request Google for deletion.
- Don´t be famous (no one will write about you because no one will be interested in reading about
- Don´t get into politics (you will not get rid of it)
- Don´t be special. It is clear this is very difficult but try to be average. You will ensure zero interest
in your person.
- Don´t mention your opinions of different companies on social networks. You never know when
you'll apply for a job there.
- Try to log out of all social networks before every booze-up. You won´t remember the password
after a few shots anyway. You´ll see that in sober condition you will make a deeper selection of
photos from the previous night.
Next advice is: don't write anything about yourself and don't upload photos anywhere. Don't
comment on anything, don't use 'like' buttons and don't share anything. And what does it mean?
That we are going back, exactly on the day of January 31, 2004. And why this date? Because
Facebook was founded the next day. It totally changed the perception of the Internet and access to
information. Of course, don't take our advice too seriously. It's more or less a joke. On the other hand, it's
definitely worth following the old Czech proverb, adapted to modern times: "Think twice, share