How do I delete data about me on the Internet?

☝️ A little exercise to start?

Have you ever typed your name on Google? If not, do the exercise to check what is posted about you.

Yes most won’t find much (or at least not much surprising) some may discover that unwanted information are published there on them… sometimes relating to private life.

Still other data can be inaccurate, defamatory even offensive.

Want to take back the power of your online identity?

Good news: the Court of Justice of the European Union established in 2014 the “right to be forgotten”, to request their deletion.

We explain how to do it.

1 – Contact the site concerned to assert your right to erasure

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Don’t want your address, your name or even private photos to appear on a site? You have the right to request the deletion of information about you!

For this you have 2 options

  • 1. You can ask the person who posted the content to remove it (if it is a person you know, an identified person…)
  • 2. Otherwise (and if the first option does not work), you can contact the site managerspresenting them with a legitimate reason“which justifies your request. It can be…

This post violates my privacy / my reputation / puts me at risk…

Or simply…

I withdraw consent to the use of my data.

How do we do ?

👉 Go to the “legal notices” section of the site : we find the name of the person in charge (director of the publication). Sometimes his contact details will be displayed, otherwise write to him via the contact form or by finding his email on a search tool, such as
👉 Send him a mail (the CNIL website offer a model here)
👉The site manager has one month to respond to your request. After this period, you can file a complaint with the CNIL.
👉 Make screenshots/copies of the offending page and all your procedures (email, online forms, etc.).

☝️ Good to know : if you no longer want to appear on a site on which you have created an account (example: an e-commerce site), you have the right to close your account and request the erasure of all your data.

2. Request the delisting of a link

How to erase information about us on the Internet: Google, Facebook, etc.
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In parallel with this process, you can request that the page concerned no longer appear in search engine results.

⚠️ Warning: delisting does not mean that the information is deleted. It is just no longer referenced by search engines.

A delisting request must be made to each search engine:

→ To request a delisting from Googleclick here.
→ To request a delisting from Bingclick here.
→ To request a delisting from Yahoo!click here.

If the search engine administrator refuses, you can also file a complaint with the CNIL.

3. Have good “hygiene” of your online data

How to erase information about us on the Internet: Google, Facebook, etc.

For limit the risks unpleasant surprises on the Internet and ensure its digital securitythe basis isleave as little information as possible and from there protect your privacy.

By not registering on too many sites
By deleting their accounts on sites when they are no longer in use
Regular cleaning public information that can be found by Googling his name: photos, various information…
Privilege the private mode in public mode on social networks (if you want to strengthen your privacy)
Do not disclose too much private information and sespecially not sensitive information (address, date of birth, etc.).

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How do I delete data about me on the Internet?

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