Are Google (and other search engines) de-listing search results of people with spent convictions?

by / Monday, 18 August 2014 / Published in Google, Latest, News & Media

Since the “right to be forgotten” ruling in May 2014, we’ve been receiving copies of requests that people with convictions have been sending to Google and other search engines. There is quite a mixed bag – some have been successful, many have been refused.

There was an interesting article in the Telegraph last Friday suggesting that there has been a case relating to someone with a conviction who was successful.

Have you been successful in getting search results (or original content) removed on the basis that it’s “irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate”? Or has your request been refused? Either way, we want to hear from you.

We’re actively on the look out for any examples where Google (or another search engine) has agreed to remove information relating to convictions on the basis that it’s now irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate. We’re also keen to know about those requests that have been refused.

Send your details to In your email, please send us:

  1. Your name
  2. Contact details (email and telephone) and how you’d be happy for us to contact you
  3. The details of your convictions including the dates (if you have a copy of your criminal record, please send us a copy) and whether it is now spent
  4. The details of the webpages that contain the details of your convictions
  5. How the ‘google-effect’ is causing you problems
  6. Whether you’ve made an application to Google or another search engine or website host for it to be removed, and if so the details of their response (if you can, please forward us a copy of their response)
  7. If refused, whether you’ve raised the matter with the ICO.

Any personal details that you send us will be entirely confidential and will not be shared outside of Unlock without your express permission.

For more details on sending your details to us, click here.


More information

More details about our work on the ‘google-effect’ can be found in the policy section of our website.

For anybody who has has their request to Google (or other search engine) refused, we’re encouraging them to make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office (see our self-help information site for more about how to do this).


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