An actor has asked Google to remove all search results about his affair with a teenager, according to Sky sources.
The unnamed star has contacted the search giant following a European court ruling earlier this week, which said people had the right to ask for information to be removed.
Sky News understands that more than 1,000 people have asked for details of past misdemeanours and offences to be deleted from Google’s indexes.
They include a man convicted of possessing child pornography, a university lecturer who was suspended, someone who tried to kill his family, and a convicted cyberstalker.
A former politician has also contacted Google to ask for links to an article about his time in office is removed, because he wants to stand again.
And it is believed that a celebrity’s child has asked for news articles referring to a criminal conviction to be purged from Google search results.
Sky News understands that half of the takedown requests received in the UK are from people with criminal convictions.
The EU ruling on Tuesday said search engines should remove links to information that is irrelevant or incorrect, and prejudicial to a person.
However, Sky News has spoken to some people who feel they have legitimate reasons to request links be removed.
One person who committed fraud on a technicality – although he says he rightly takes the blame – says the right to be forgotten would help him and his business move on.
Another person spoke of how a negative – and unfounded – review nearly ruined her business, and caused a huge amount of personal distress.
In another instance, a teacher was stalked online by a student and falsely accused of improper behaviour.
16 May 2014 | 4:24 pm – Source: orange.co.uk