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Image credit: makes it slightly easier to wipe yourself from Google's memory


Now that Google must obey Europeans' right to be forgotten, companies are rushing to capitalize on your (presumed) desire to erase yourself from online searches. Take Reputation VIP's new, for example: the free service promises both a simpler, step-by-step alternative to Google's existing removal form as well as notifications should the internet giant accept your request and start yanking content. That's potentially quite handy, especially if you're not technically inclined.

However, there's a real question as to whether or not this help is really necessary. While may formulate your claim in a way that Google is more likely to accept, the official form isn't that hard to fill out. Unless you have a lot of links to pull or are genuinely worried that Google won't honor your wishes, you're likely better off doing the work yourself.

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