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How to make a successful Google right to be forgotten requests is a questions that hundred of thousands of UK citizens are asking themselves each day.

 On 12 October 2014, Google reported to have rejected more than two thirds of all the ‘right to be forgotten’ applications they received from UK applicants.

Google’s decision to comply with any such requests is of course at its discretion (albeit in accordance with the landmark court ruling made in Google Spain SL & Google Inc v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) & Costeja González (“Google Spain”) in May 2014) and there are currently no hard and fast rules which might serve to predict an applicant’s chances of success.

Indeed, when comparing some successful right to be forgotten requests against those which Google rejected, it becomes apparent that (at least on the face of it) even Google does not appear to maintain a consistent approach in how it deals with each right to be forgotten request. You can see some right to forgotten examples which cover cases of criminal convictions, school teachers, regulatory decisions and many more. 

Following completion of dozens right to be forgotten applications, Yair Cohen, social media lawyer had developed a step by step guide to help applications complete successful right to be forgotten requests. Read more: 3 steps to a successful Right to be forgotten requests.

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