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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Google yourself and find out, Nadia

A recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights should be of interest to Nadia Forde.

Three months ago the ECHR ruled that individuals may ask Google to delete information about them from its search engine, where such information is inaccurate or prejudicial.

Nadia has been all over the newspapers of late due to her friendship with Rory McIllroy, and the inevitable "are they or aren't they" question being asked. She feels that this, along with other online material about her, may hinder her chances of finding love.

"I find myself in a situation that if I meet someone. I tell them I don't want them to Google me. I don't know what's going to come up...it might not be accurate," Nadia revealed.

observations

To which one could very well make the following three observations.

Firstly, if you ask someone not to Google you, it is akin to waving a red rag in front of a bull, and it is fairly obvious that it's the first thing they are going to do when they get home.

Secondly, if there is inaccurate information about you which is damaging, contact a lawyer with an expertise in human rights.

And finally, Nadia, if you are unsure about what people might come across when they Google your name, here's a top tip.

Google yourself, and find out.

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