Personal information removal

EU law requires search engines to have some way of submitting requests to them to ask them to remove search results including personal/private information. Google has it, Bing has it, Yahoo has it. But I can’t find it on Brave Search?

You might edit your Original Post (“OP”) in order to include a Poll (use the little gear icon in the Reply Editor) - re your Request:

Build_a_Poll

A poll? Why would I make a poll?

talgeeze,

Because you are making a Request for a Feature in in Brave Search; and a Poll result adds weight to your Request for a Feature.

A poll to ask if Brave should abide by the law? is that some form of humor?

Looks like Brave’s upper management are determined to maintain user privacy — the following is a 2018 presentation by Brendan Eich:


The following is the Startpage.com search engine understanding, and you could use that as a model of what you wish to request:

How does Startpage.com handle search removal requests under Data Protection law in Europe? (The Right to be Forgotten) (October 2020):

https://tinyurl.com/ru9njem7

There, Startpage.com writes:

A ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (C-131/12, 13 May 2014) found that certain people can ask search engines to remove specific results for queries that include their name, where the interests in those results appearing are outweighed by the person’s privacy rights.

We recommend first contacting the website’s owner, content provider or the domain provider of the result with your request.

  • A website’s contact info is often located on the website itself.
  • You can look up a website’s domain provider through services like WhoIs.net

Brave, Inc. mailing address thru which you will likely succeed at contacting, as Startpage writes, “the website’s owner” about your concern:

Brave, Inc.
580 Howard St. Unit 402,
San Francisco, CA 94105

cc: @sampson, @Mattches

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Hi, Thanks for raising the question. I’m Brave’s data protection officer (DPO).

Brave Search is still a public beta, and these are matters Brave is currently reviewing. We will update the Brave Search beta privacy notice https://search.brave.com/help/privacy-policy in the near future. In the meantime, as we say in our privacy policy, individuals can always exercise their data protection rights by contacting our data protection officer (DPO) and the privacy team, by emailing ‘privacy [at] brave [dot] com’.

I think it’s also important to consider that unless a search engine provider holds personal data itself, in its own database for example, then a GDPR right to erasure request made to a search engine provider, would not result in the erasure of the source of the personal data returned in a search result, such as an online media article. The original source of the data will exist on the web until an individual makes a request directly of that source, for example an online newspaper. A right to erasure request would in the main, lead to the delisting of the personal data returned in a list of results following a search made on the basis of a person’s name. It is also important to consider the ‘right to erasure’ is not absolute and is subject to meeting certain criteria and to exceptions, and to a balancing test on a case-by-case basis, as acknowledge by EU data protection authorities. It’s certainly not an easy matter. If you do have any further questions pending our review, please do email. Thanks again for raising the question.

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