New York, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2014
On May 13, 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled that private European citizens could petition search engine providers, such as Google and Yahoo, for removal of internet content that they find disparaging, embarrassing, or malicious. Yahoo! News on July 25, 2014 reports that the “Right To Be Forgotten” law applies exclusively to Google’s European websites, such as Google.fr and Google.co.uk, but the online giant is not required to remove data from its Google.com master search engine. Although search engine providers in Europe are now required to remove search links to the data under dispute, they are not being held responsible for removal of the actual data itself. The questionable data, whether it is an old news item, legal notice, or misrepresentative photograph all continue to exist online in their original format, accessible to anyone despite the search engine ruling.
This is why content removal specialists, such as Pictoguard, have become crucial practitioners in today’s internet savvy landscape. At a time when prospective employers or business contacts increasingly turn to the web for information before professionally involving themselves with someone, maintaining a positive online presence is paramount. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as removing pictures from one’s Facebook profile, or deleting a blog entry from years ago that one may have disavowed at a later date. Once digital data enters into the public domain, its presence lurks in the shadows of the internet for all eternity until qualified professionals with the most advanced removal technology, like Pictoguard, can locate and dispense with it.
Pictoguard is dedicated to the “Right To Be Forgotten” and works closely with its clients to, first, regain their personal online privacy, and then to maintain a favorable image on the web by utilizing the latest SEO optimization technologies, as well as the most recent and relevant legal strategies. While there is much debate amongst people over the subject of privacy on the internet, Pictoguard respects that individuals and businesses should have the ability to manage their own personal information. For example, inaccurate information about oneself or one’s business need not necessarily be negative or derogatory for Pictoguard to assist in its removal. The information may just be outdated or misrepresentative of a current direction one is aspiring to pursue, whether in business or in other personal life choices.
To date, Pictoguard has aided clients in removing over 100,000 negative URLs of 30,000 negative images from over 5000 websites. When it comes to privacy protection and online image management, there are no considerations that should be too large or too small to take into account. As the recent ruling in the EU attests, search engine companies should not have the final say over what personal information of a person’s is publicly available online. Unfortunately, in the United States they do, and individuals face impossible odds in trying to get personal data removed from Google, Yahoo, Windows, or any other content provider without a long and prohibitively costly court battle. Right now, content removal specialists like Pictoguard seem to provide the best defense of individuals’ online privacy rights.
Brooke Caldwell of Brandsway Creative