Received a curious message from Google. In line with the “right to be forgotten“, somebody mentioned on this website actually submitted such a request. People who wish to be forgotten usually have a history of petty crime or similar misbehavior they are rightfully ashamed of.
Here’s the full message from Mountain View :
Due to a request under data protection law in Europe, we are no longer able to show one or more pages from your site in our search results in response to some search queries for names or other personal identifiers. Only results on European versions of Google are affected. No action is required from you.
These pages have not been blocked entirely from our search results, and will continue to appear for queries other than those specified by individuals in the European data protection law requests we have honored. Unfortunately, due to individual privacy concerns, we are not able to disclose which queries have been affected.
Please note that in many cases, the affected queries do not relate to the name of any person mentioned prominently on the page. For example, in some cases, the name may appear only in a comment section.
If you believe Google should be aware of additional information regarding this content that might result in a reversal or other change to this removal action, you can use our form at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/eu-privacy-webmaster. Please note that we can’t guarantee responses to submissions to that form.
The following URLs have been affected by this action:
The Google Team
The good news is only fourteen people are mentioned in the post. A few short trial and error searches revealed a former Optiver low frequency trader doesn’t want to be found. Locked twitter account. Linkedin profile without picture for outsiders.
Why Simon Soet requested removal from Google? Beats me. After all, he was only mentioned because he did well as trader for Optiver. Earned 4 million. Nothing to be ashamed of, I would say. Maybe Simon is planning a career at a socialist political party.