Big Brother Contestant: I Want Google To Delete Me
Monday 2nd June 2014
A former Big Brother contestant has told LBC he will be asking Google to erase him from search results due to fears his daughter could find out about a fatal car crash he was involved in.
Google has set up a website to allow people in Europe to request that outdated or damaging information about them be taken off search results.
It is the first step to comply with the European Court of Justice ruling affirming the "right to be forgotten".
In 2004 Alex Sibley, who was a contestant in series three of Big Brother, was involved in a car accident in which a pedestrian was killed.
"A few years ago I was driving down the street and a man ran out in front of me and died after hitting my car. It was all reported because it went to trial and the case was thrown out," Alex explained to LBC's Julia Hartley-Brewer.
The 35 year old told Julia he will be contacting the internet giant about erasing stories about the incident as he feels the full story isn't showing up in search results.
"Five years ago when I began seeing a girl she said to me 'oh, my Mum Googled you, said you killed someone' and I was like 'woah, woah, woah it wasn't exactly like that' and there is nothing out there to show that," he continued.
"If anyone looks on there, if I ever want to do anything else all it says is that I killed someone. When you look at it, it looks like 'what a horrible person,' whereas they have no idea what happened, they had no idea what happened in the Coroners' Court or the case that happened afterwards.
Alex is now married and has a three week old baby. He says he also has concerns about his daughter finding out incomplete information online.
"When she's at school one day what happens when her friends go, 'oh, my Mum recognises your Dad, he was on a programme' and they go on Google and they say 'Oh, your Dad killed someone.'
"This is the thing that I start worrying about because I don't want things that I didn't do affecting my daughter when she's at school."