Google search result removal: 'It could change my life'
- 30 May 2014
- From the section Technology
Google says it is to comply with an EU ruling to remove search results about individuals that are "irrelevant" or outdated.
The company insists the ruling is troubling, however, and could be used by repressive governments.
But for people such as Brad from Derbyshire, having information taken down could, he hopes, change his life.
I was sent home from work.
I wasn't suspended, but sent home nevertheless, and then later invited back in with union representation.
I was informed that my employer had become aware of a story on the internet, and my employment was terminated.
The story was relating to an offence of drinking and driving. A criminal conviction.
But has it got any public interest that somebody was convicted of that several years ago? I don't think so.
Maybe if I was in a job chauffeuring people around, or driving a school bus - possibly.
But for somebody to just lose their job because somebody decided to look at the internet and see I once made a mistake? I think that's harsh. I need to move forward in life.
I'm not expecting anything out of this Google request process. I'm not expecting it to be removed. I can only ask.
If I could have done it three or four months ago, it would have saved me a career, a pension, everything else that went with a full-time job.
I'd done nothing wrong in the job. In fact I probably worked harder than everyone else - to bridge that gap - because I wanted to impress.
I wasn't asked about having a conviction. I didn't lie. I didn't do anything wrong.
This could be a new lease of life. It's all about giving people a second chance.
It's not a lot about forgetting people - it's something there to give all of the people in the same position as me, and all of those people who've just made that one mistake in life.
Brad, who asked we did not use his full name, was talking to BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.