Make Me Disappear

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  1. Connected

    Connected United States Member

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    So have you heard the news about the college student in New York City? In a court case involving revenge porn, a judge has ordered Google to make the name of the woman in question disappear form search results pages. Essentially erasing her from the internet.

    My question is......how is this possible when the odds are in favor of other people having the same name?
     
  2. Swisslist

    Swisslist United States Member

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    I heard about this a few days ago. I'm sure it's possible, especially with the talent that Google has in it's employ.

    I think porn that isn't a business should be totally blocked from the internet. This is what happens when just anyone can post that stuff online.
     
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    Dusart South Africa Member

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    I'm not sure I heard about this story. What happened? If it's a matter of protecting someone's privacy, then I think that the courts did well in this case. It should be quite easy for Google to erase that part.
     
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    Swisslist United States Member

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    I think the court ordered Google to do it which was the right thing to do in my opinion. Personal privacy should overrule freedom of speech......especially in a case like this.
     
  5. Mallard

    Mallard United Kingdom Member

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    They don't delete everything containing the victim's name (e.g. deleting CVs or LinkedIn pages would penalise her), just everything containing the name and any reference to the court case or revenge porn. In addition, if the files were turned over as part of the case, it would be very easy for google to search its database for any page containing that data and block or remove it from search results. They may also forward the court's takedown notice to the site in question.

    The results may still be on the deep web or dark web but for 99.9% of users, it might as well not exist.
     
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    How easy would it be for Google to erase such data and in any case, what would prevent the person from posting the same video? I am hearing about this for the first time but I feel that the courts stood their moral ground in this ruling..
     
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    Deleting a video from existence would be an easy thing for Google to do, especially if it was made on a You Tube channel. I'm not the most technical internet user, so correct me if I'm wrong, but if video's were made with their own code or internet "language" then it would be easier still to permanently delete them.
     
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    I don't know but since google has power over almost all of the internet real estate, I do agree that it would be the easiest thing in the world for them to delete such videos.
     
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    tulip Kenya Member

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    Whenever I come across such stories, I wonder why people go to the extent of revenging in such a manner. It's a serious breach of privacy and confidentiality. Was she compensated by any chance?
     
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    Talking of ceasing to exist on the internet, someone once told me that it is possible to actually delete your results in all search engines. I'm not sure if this is through a command prompt or anything else. Does anyone have an idea of how this is done?
     
  11. Mallard

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    It's simple to make sure a site isn't picked up by search engines, but a lot harder to get it delisted by all of them once it is up there. You can use a redirect like a 301 in your htaccess to send search engines to a parked domain or 404 page which should get the site delisted eventually, but it takes time.