The European Union’s decision affirming the right to be forgotten has already launched a new business. Forget.me is giving EU residents the ability to find offending links and offering advice on how to word the claim so that Google is more likely to remove them. The currently free service is being offered by French service Reputation VIP, which offers users the ability to clean up their online presence for a fee.
Google already has a form available for EU residents, but Forget.me offers help finding links, providing step-by-step advice for the process and the ability to track the claim, making the follow-up a little easier. Like Google’s form, it still cannot guarantee that a request will result in the removal, but Forget.me claims that the service will improve the chances of it happening.
Like all other results of the recent European Court of Justice decision, this only affects EU residents. Americans and others living outside EU countries cannot use the service, and will have to follow the procedure for requesting a link’s removal in their country. An American citizen residing in Paris can use the service, but a German citizen residing in New York City cannot.