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Google announce a new form of URL removal tool. Good or bad news?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by KELLOGGS, May 30, 2014.

  1. KELLOGGS

    KELLOGGS Supreme Member

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    The midday BBC news included a feature on a new tool allowing people to request certain URLs be removed from the SERPs.

    Google have said:
    In implementing this decision, we will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public?s right to know and distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there?s a public interest in the information - for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/30/google_search_removal_request_from_eu_court_of_justice_ruling/

    What are your thoughts? Will it make ORM easier for us or is it going to be abused to hell by your competitors?
     
  2. GringoMonkey

    GringoMonkey Regular Member

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    You can only use it if you are in the EU as it is a result of a privacy hearing there.
     
  3. KELLOGGS

    KELLOGGS Supreme Member

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    A large number of the forum's members live inside the EU, myself included.

    Also, just because it's only aimed at EU residents, doesn't stop people reporting URLs as supposed EU resident. Remember, this is a forum that sells a plethora of fake accounts, proxies and VPSs.
     
  4. youmakeme

    youmakeme Power Member

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    I think this changes only applies to URL relating to personal details. Thus the abuse would be contained to URL that contains only personal info. Not 100% sure on this but this is my understanding so far.
     
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    miedy Senior Member

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    i hope both of you are correct. and i hope always will. imagine if this applies worldwide, and all kinds of website... goodbye blackhat sites! anyone can remove you from serps!!!!
     
  6. GringoMonkey

    GringoMonkey Regular Member

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    I thought it was worth clarifying it was only available to EU residents.

    In addition to get anything removed you have to prove you are the person affected and are an EU resident ie: send a digital copy of your passport / id etc as well as explain why it should be removed.