What Can You Do To Remove Online Information?
Every situation requires a different approach. Methods InternetReputation.com uses to remove online information include:
- DMCA Take Downs
- Reverse IP Look ups
- Search Engine Suppression
- Search Engine Removal Tools
- Attorney written Legal Demands
- Reverse IP Look ups
- Account Deletion and Removal
- Proprietary Techniques
- Advanced Technology Research and Development
- TOS Website Violation Research
While it may not be possible to remove everything from the Internet, our firm specializes in removing things other online reputation management companies say is impossible to remove.
InternetReputation.com has developed a proprietary system to remove damaging information from the Internet. If your company has been a victim of Internet slander, InternetReputation.com can help. Negative comments and articles that are patently false and ruin your reputation shouldn’t be published online, much less appear prominently on the first page of search engine results. We can help you get those negative online items removed and get you the justice you deserve.
How To Remove Information From Google Search Results?
A big misconception about Internet privacy and slander is that Google is responsible for all the information found online. Google is just a source for locating information. Each and every website is owned by a company or private individual. Some websites such as YouTube, Blogger, Google+ and several others are Google owned web properties, but these sites are user interactive, meaning individuals are responsible for the content placed there.
Chances are that if there is online information you want removed, it’s coming from a third party website. You may have found this information by using Google Search, but this does not mean Google is responsible for it. Google cannot remove information from third party websites. If you contact Google asking them to remove a webpage they will recommend that you contact the webmaster who owns the website or is responsible for posting the content. This can be a difficult task. Many webmasters use private hosting companies, virtual proxy networks and hidden IP’s to conceal their identities. InternetReputation.com has developed tools to help track down and locate webmasters and will use them when needed.
In certain circumstances Google will investigate removing personal or private information appearing in their search results.
Content can be reported to Google for removal if it contains any of the below.
- Social Security Number or Government ID
- Bank Account or Credit Card Number
- An image of your handwritten signature
Again, Google and other search engines such as Yahoo and Bing cannot remove content from other websites. Google recommends that people “Counteract negative information with useful, positive information”. This is what we refer to as a reputation management campaign; we create thousands of positive listings in the search engines to bury the negative and or false information appearing on Google and all the other major search engines.
Can you ask Google to remove pages you don’t like?
No. Google won’t remove pages from its search results simply because someone asks them to. In the Google Webmaster Resources video below, Matt Cutts explains why.
At InternetReputation.com we use a two-pronged reputation management approach to get rid of unwanted Internet information. We create and disseminate thousands of positive digital assets combined with Internet privacy and legal techniques to remove all traces of harmful content. Contact us for a free consultation on getting your information removed from Internet searches.
For help getting information removed from the Internet call us today. We have successfully removed 1000’s of pages from the Internet and search engines such as Google and Bing.
The Internet makes it easy for almost anyone to become a published author.
With a computer and Internet access, anyone can write an article or publish a photo.
There is a lot of misinformation about what can and can’t be removed from the Internet. While the current laws surrounding Internet slander and Internet privacy may seem complex, there are a number of options people have to remove harmful Internet information.
We have successfully removed all types of information from the Internet for our clients, including:
- Old Court Records and Judgments
- Online Complaints
- Arrest and Mugshot Records
- Newspaper Articles
- Forum Postings
- Blog Postings and Articles
- Cached Pages
Most public forums allow for anonymous posting. Public information is more widely available than ever. Private companies like MyLife.com, Spokeo.com, Intelius.com and others have developed methods for scraping this data and displaying it on Google to rank highly. These companies generate ad revenue and subscription fees, so the more pages they have the more potential for revenue. The information these companies are displaying is typically already on the Internet or in the public sphere, and these organizations have developed a method to put it all together and make it rank highly in the search engines.
Why is this Legal?
Laws such as the CDA Act and The First Amendment protect the right to speak freely on the Internet and have been upheld against numerous Internet slander cases. For example, if a company creates a website and a visitor writes something on it, the courts won’t hold the website owner responsible for that content, because anyone can post anything on a public forum. Google, for instance, is a public forum that allows people to post websites and information. Google will not be held liable for information showing up in its search results. Suing for slander can take months or years. By that time, the information has been accessible and read by many people, and you and/or your company may already be struggling.
Images can be even more troubling. Perhaps you were falsely accused of a crime, were arrested and had your mugshot taken. Even though you may have later been acquitted, your mugshot might still appear on the Internet, along with a description of charges. People searching your name may get the impression you’ve done something you have not.
Things that appear on the Internet are designed to stay there for decades. In June of 2012, 340 trillion (yes, that is correct – trillion) new IP addresses were added to the Internet to make more space for information. This means the Internet can now harvest much more public data. If you are not proactively publishing positive content online and promoting it with SEO, negative news may be all people see about you after a few years.