The right to be forgotten

So, let's go with a couple of examples, the obvious one first I guess, you as an independent escort have decided to retire, move and and generally hang up your stockings, but you advertised yourself a lot, you have pictures on a lot of places and you need to be gone, so what do you do?

many "escort directories" plunder pictures and profiles from wherever they can
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The second probably less obvious one is your listed not where you know, but where you never asked to be. many "escort directories" plunder pictures and profiles from wherever they can just to make them look successful, worse these sites usually refuse to respond to emails and often are not even managed. My personal opinion is this tends to happen when someone starts a directory thinking it's going to be easy, fun and a money maker, they soon find out its not and abandon it.

These are the two scenarios that come to mind, so let's try to deal with them in turn.

The first one first as I am nothing if not logical. OK there are formal ways to do with through search engines, Google Bing and Yahoo all have a formal request process for removal, and UK legislators are probably going to extend the 2014 EU ruling to cover social media as well. Now there is no 'given' that this will actually work but trying can not be bad.

Next do a search on Google for your working name, and see where your listed, you may be surprised. Next and probably most revealing, do an image search using http://tineye.com this will pull up any copies of your photos on line, and while not 100% foolproof it can flag when a site or another escort has pirated your pictures.

While all this is fine in tracking down and dealing with reputable sources the problem as I am sure most of us are aware is the escort industry on the web can be sometimes a lot less than reputable. So what do you do if a site refuses to respond or remove details you did not want listed or want removed? Well firstly let me say sometimes you just can't and while this is certainly not right it's a fact of life and you need to simply accept it. However like most things it at least worth a try and this is how to go about it.

1. E-mail the site in question and politely ask for the content to be removed, if this does not work contact your web designer and see if they can have better luck. Sometimes a site will respond to a formal request from a business better than they will from an individual.
2.  This can be done by either you or you web designer, find out where the site is hosted and contact the hosting company. This can be done by running a "Whois" on the site using one of the many sites such as http://domaintools.com or http://whois.net to get the information. Armed with this email the hosting company (politely) and explain the problem. Hosting companies are subject to the law and they will in a lot of cases try and help either by contacting the offending site or even removing the content themselves.

So, take the above steps, and you should be able to remove most traces. It's even not a bad idea to do checks on listings and images every so often just to protect your "brand". You may have spent a lot on professional photos, do not let someone else benefit.