SearchEngineLand.com just covered the launch of another great .Me domain name, Forget.me which is an online service which acts “as a middleman between an individual and Google…catering to individuals who want to exercise their right to be forgotten”
A recent European Court ruling search engine must provide to its citizens the :right to be forgotten” and allow them to demand that certain links be removed from search engine results.
“Exercise your Google “right to be forgotten” easily.”
“Forget.me is the best solution for efficiently handling your Google removal requests.
Forget.me is a project of Reputation VIP
The company appears to have acquired the domain name Forget.me from the .Me registry directly this month.
According to SearchEngineLand.com, “Once a link has been identified, Reputation VIP claims Forget.me offers more than 30 “predefined texts” to help explain why a user wants the URL removed.”
“According to Reputation VIP:
An incorrectly copied URL or a poorly written text could result in your request being rejected.
By helping you select your URLs, and by providing you with texts adapted to your situation, Forget.me is your best chance for success and ensures that your request is as readable as possible in the eyes of the search engines.”
Here is some more information on the Forget.me service via the sites FAQ’s:
To whom does the internet right to be forgotten apply?
The internet right to be forgotten applies to physical persons residing in Europe who wish to de-index a web page that pertains to them.
Can an American citizen living in France use a search engine’s “forget me” form to request de-indexing of a web page on this search engine?
Yes, all residents living within the European Union, regardless of their nationality, can use the form. On the other hand, in theory, a French citizen living outside the European Union cannot benefit from this form.
Can I request the “forget me” of web pages found under a company or brand name?
No, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has limited the scope of this measure to apply to physical persons only.
Can a public personality de-index information that pertains to them?
It is not likely. The CJEU has specified that search engines must consider the public’s right to information and that this is of greater importance when dealing with public personalities.
Is it possible to submit a “forget me” request for a picture or a video?
Yes, as long as you have a valid URL that points to the web page to be forgotten. (A URL is the address to the web page to be forgotten, in the following format: http://www.pageto forget.com/xxxxx.html).
How do I remove the search result for a deceased person?
Forget.me does handle this situation. We recommend that you go to the forget me request submission page (Link to the submission page). You will then be guided step by step.
Will the content disappear from the site?
No, it will be de-indexed from the search engine in Europe.
Is it possible to delete a search result that appears on search engines outside of Europe?
No, the court decision applies only to European search engines. For example, the information will always be displayed on the Canadian engine www.google.ca.