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    • Seesaw Life
    • By Seesaw Life 18th May 17, 4:29 PM
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    Google Searches of our Names
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    • 18th May 17, 4:29 PM
    Google Searches of our Names 18th May 17 at 4:29 PM
    The Gazette has the following in its FAQ:

    "Excluding personal insolvency notices from search engine results

    We maintain personal insolvency notices on The Gazette website as part of a permanent official record. However, we instruct search engines to start to exclude personal insolvency notices from their search results after the bankruptcy has been discharged and information about the insolvency is removed from insolvency service registers (in the UK this happens after 1 year and 3 months).
    Every type of insolvency notice has a different notice code and each notice code is automatically added to The Gazette’s robot.txt file 1 year and 3 months after it was placed. The robot.txt file instructs search engines, if they adhere to these rules, to exclude results from their search. The automatic adding of notice codes to The Gazette’s robot.txt file means that the first notice about your personal insolvency will be excluded from search engines 1 year and 3 months after it was placed, but it will take an additional year before the final notice about your bankruptcy is excluded."

    My bankruptcy comes out on pg1 of a Google search of my name. Has anyone experience of this and when it drops off? Is the year and three months timeframe accurate or has anyone had issues?

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    • elljay
    • By elljay 18th May 17, 6:42 PM
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    I lost a job because of this very issue, the manager at work wanted to check my postcode and just threw my name into Google and as you say, the Gazette entry was top of the page. Also someone I didn't want from my dim and distant past got in touch. I complained to Google who told me it was up to the Gazette. I complained to the Gazette who referred me to their policy, part of which you quote. I feel in this respect we are treated worse than criminals, it's so wrong to have this data easily findable on the internet. In the old days, someone would have to get the Gazette then look for you by name etc, they couldn't fall over your entry by accident when looking for something else.

    However, rant over and to answer your question, yes the details stopped appearing once the timeframe was up. Such a relief - it was a long 15 months. Now someone has to specifically look on the Gazette site to find you.

    • dojoman
    • By dojoman 19th May 17, 7:28 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 7:28 AM
    My name never appeared in any search by various search engines, and in the "old" days your name would have appeared in the local press.
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    • worldlad909
    • By worldlad909 22nd May 17, 3:32 PM
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    • 22nd May 17, 3:32 PM
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    • 22nd May 17, 3:32 PM
    Thanks to the op who created this thread, mine has been removed around 9 months after the discharge. Also noticed Google put a notice saying some information has been removed due to data protection issues, might be something to do with me filing a complaint with Google.

    I no longer appear on the InSolvency register either.
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