Everyone should have a voice in determining how their personal information is displayed in online search results
Who we are
Studies show that 78% of U.S. adults look up information about people and/or businesses before deciding to interact or do business with them. In today’s digital world, a misleading, inaccurate or outdated search result can do untold damage to a person or a business, especially when people form their first impressions with an internet search.
Right to be Forgotten movement (R2BF) supports giving the American public an effective way to control old, inaccurate and irrelevant information in their search results, thereby preserving their privacy and freedom. That doesn’t mean that all information an individual doesn’t want publicly available about them should be removed. On the contrary, any information that benefits the public good and is accurate and current should remain.
The American ideals of free speech and freedom of the press are sacred. We do not view these as being in opposition with the Right to be Forgotten. We support a definition of the Right to be Forgotten such that it preserves and augments the freedoms of the individual, while continuing to support free speech. Many have implicitly equated the top page of Google search results with “free speech,” when in fact all search engines are merely private websites with arbitrary, robotic views of what is important and what is not. Search engines hold too much power today and should not be the de facto arbiters of free speech.
R2BF is supported by ReputationDefender as a public service. For more than 12 years, ReputationDefender has dedicated itself to helping people manage their information on the internet, and believes that Congress and the Senate should act so that individuals can take steps to protect their online reputation and their privacy.
It’s time the internet had more factual information in search results.
Mission & Petition
What we stand for
The R2BF Movement is raising awareness and empowering individuals to speak up for the right to remove. We are asking Senate and Congressional leaders to use our legislative system to create laws that give the American public more rights as it pertains to information publicly available via the internet and search engines.
The American public should have the right to request that inaccurate or inappropriate information is removed about them, their children or their small business from online search results.
The American public should have a clear pathway for removing or updating inaccurate information from online search results.
By supporting the R2BF movement, you are in favor of Congress and the Senate – particularly the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law – discussing and legislating for these rights.
Lawmakers need to act now
Data to Remove
What we want
In order to the American public an effective way to control old, inaccurate and irrelevant information in their search results, special categories of information that have an impact on the privacy and security of a person’s private life should be part of the basic Right to Remove from search engines – what the R2BF movement is advocating on behalf of. Explore those categories of information in the box on the side.
- Stories, information, pictures and other content related to charges that have been dismissed or refuted through the legal process
- Data on civil courts cases and registries such as: divorces, marriages, deaths, and births
- Data on victims, offenders, witnesses, lawyers, verdicts, and testimonies of offenses
- Data collected and filed in courtrooms and in law enforcement offices
- Data about minors posted or used by them or by any other parties
- Bullying, such as unkind commentary, mocking, hate speech, and name-calling
Financial & Personal Security
- Data on personal financial records such as debt or assets
- Data that uniquely identifies a subject, such as ID, license plate, or biometric data
- Data collected inside private property, workplaces, or governmental offices
- Information about victims of abuse, violence, threats, extortion, exploitation, and humiliation
- Information that perpetually or periodically stigmatizes a person as a consequence of past situations
- Information on political affiliations, voting records, and opinion
- Information on religious beliefs, preferences, and activities
- Information on ethnicity, race, and citizenship status
- Information on the use of drugs for recreation or due to addiction
- Data on a person’s health, such as medication, disabilities, and diseases
- Information of an intimate nature, such as family matters and personal relationships
- Explicit sexual content, such as “revenge porn” or unconsented explicit material
- Information on sexuality or sexual orientation, activities, and preferences