BITTER MEMORIES

These are the things people want Google to forget about them

Last week, Quartz wrote about Forget.me, a service that aims to make it easier for Europeans to request Google to de-list search results to information about them that is “irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate.” (The European Court of Justice recently laid down (pdf) when Google must comply with such requests.) A week in, Forget.me has received 1,106 applications asking for 5,218 links to be taken down. Here’s what people don’t want other people to know about them.

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The largest single complaint has to do with invasion of privacy, which breaks down to the following categories:

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The largest number of “defamation” complaints were made by people who said their names have “been mentioned in matters which I am completely extraneous to”:

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