How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest?

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How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 4/2/13 10:08 AM
For about a year now, whenever I type my full name with my middle initial into Google Search, the following happens:

[My Full Name] is bipolar.

When I originally found this problem, I queried this search forum and was told that I may have been the one that caused it by searching for myself in an effort to find my medical records that had illegally been put on the Internet.

Indeed, I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for many years, and I felt that the only way that I could find the illegal dissemination of my medical records was by searching for them on Google.

However, this appears to have caused more harm than good.

As of today,

["My Full Name] is bipolar."  is still the #2 Auto-suggest after just the name by itself.

For the past three years, I have been trying to remove my personal medical information from the Internet. Also, during this time, I have not been able to find any work, most likely because of the auto-suggest which automatically sends anyone who types my full name to my medical information that is illegally on the Internet. I have suffered quite a bit of psychological stress from this issue, which has led me to spend quite a bit of money and time on doctors, medication, and counseling, when I could afford it.

I acknowledge that the illegal information that is on the Internet is not Google's fault. However, in my opinion, Google is partially responsible for the Auto-suggest feature, especially since there is no way to get Google to change or remove the results.

I have heard that Google has steadfastly held that they cannot change Google Search Auto-suggestions. I have faithfully waited for a year for this auto-suggest term to go away. During this time I have only used my full name only to search for my medical information, and have stayed away from "[MY Full Name] is bipolar" like the plague. Yet, it is still there.

The only reason that I feel "[My Full Name] is bipolar" continues to be there is that there are people searching for it, or people choose to click on the auto-suggestion because of the word "bipolar". I also have people who hate me that may be doing this to get back at me or make me suffer, which so far has had seemed to succeed, thanks to Google's indirect help.

My first question is how can I get Google to help me with this issue?

The second question is what can I do to solve this problem if Google chooses to ignore it? Is paying a bunch of people in India USD$1000 to constantly type new Google Search terms into Google like "[MY Full Name] DDS" or "[My Full Name] Attorney" the only way to solve this issue, and, if so, what companies are the most reputable for this sort of thing?

Thirdly, does Google offer free counseling to mentally ill people, such as myself, that are experiencing psychological distress due to Google's services?

Fourthly, are there any other mentally ill people that have experienced a similar problem as I am currently experiencing?

Thank you.


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Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 4/3/13 9:11 AM
Dingus,

I checked one of my two Google accounts, and, indeed, the Web History in the first was not erased. I erased it, although it does not seem to have altered anything in Auto-suggest.

I know that one piece of advice that Google gives is to provide positive content to counteract the negative that is currently in existence. I have spent years debating whether I should create a website entitled [My Full Name].com and explain my side of events. However, my fear is that this could boost the websites that are illegally posting my personal medical information to greater prominence.

Also, I fear that, no matter what I say, people will react with fear because of my mental illness. Given the horrible, unspeakable acts that have been committed recently by seriously deranged single, white, male mentally ill people, I doubt that anyone will give me the benefit of the doubt.

Given the fact that I have gone to great lengths not to use [My Full Name] is bipolar as a search term, I doubt that I am the one that is continuing to have these auto-suggest terms come up.

However, I appreciate your comments about Beatnik style notoriety. I immediately thought of Ginsberg scribbling the following at a cafe in Berkeley:
 
Carl Solomon! I'm with you in Rockland

         where you're madder than I am

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you must feel strange

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you imitate the shade of my mother

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you've murdered your twelve secretaries

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you laugh at this invisible humour

I'm with you in Rockland

         where we are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter

I'm with you in Rockland

         where your condition has become serious and is reported on the radio

I'm with you in Rockland

         where the faculties of the skull no longer admit the worms of the senses

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you drink the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you pun on the bodies of your nurses the harpies of the Bronx

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you scream in a straightjacket that you're losing the game of actual pingpong of the abyss

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you bang on the catatonic piano the soul is innocent and immortal it should never die ungodly in an armed madhouse

I'm with you in Rockland

         where fifty more shocks will never return your soul to its body again from its pilgrimage to a cross in the void

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you accuse your doctors of insanity and plot the Hebrew socialist revolution against the fascist national Golgotha

I'm with you in Rockland

         where you will split the heavens of Long Island and resurrect your living human Jesus from the superhuman tomb

I'm with you in Rockland

         where there are twentyfive thousand mad comrades all together singing the final stanzas of the Internationale

I'm with you in Rockland

         where we hug and kiss the United States under our bedsheets the United States that coughs all night and won't let us sleep

I'm with you in Rockland

         where we wake up electrified out of the coma by our own souls' airplanes roaring over the roof they've come to drop angelic bombs the hospital illuminates itself   imaginary walls collapse   O skinny legions run outside   O starry-spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is here   O victory forget your underwear we're free

I'm with you in Rockland

         in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night
 

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Thomas P. 4/4/13 4:18 AM
The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google.
 
You really need to get rid of the pages on WWW having your medical records on display.
Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 4/4/13 4:51 AM
I agree that I have to get rid of the pages on WW having my medical records on display. I have been trying since June 2012 to do this. The owner of the website refuses to do so.

Here is a brief summary of this issue that I recently put on a legal website in order to get crowd-sourced assistance:

I sued my former employer a few years ago for discrimination based on my psychological disability and lost. My attorney, who used to be my friend until this happened, had me on paper represent myself as pro se, even though he was the one who wrote the legal paperwork and signed the paperwork in my name with a digital copy of my signature.

My attorney, who assured me that my confidential medical information would not make it onto the Internet, did not follow the right legal procedures which ended up putting the Federal Court's unredacted memorandum opinion onto the Internet. The memorandum opinion in question detailed my type of mental illness, the number of inpatient hospitalizations that I had to go through, and the fact that I was arguing that I should be given equitable tolling because I was "non compus mentis".

A year after the memorandum opinion was issued, I was able to get the Federal District Court to seal the memorandum opinion of this suit. The Federal District Court removed the memorandum opinion from their website and also made changes on PACER regarding my medical information. After this, I was also able to get the EEOC and a number of other privately-owned websites to remove the old unsealed memorandum opinion from their respective websites.

Last year, a privately-owned website that reposts memorandum opinions off of Federal District Court Public Websites , a company which is registered in the State of Delaware but physically located in Arkansas, has re-posted the memorandum opinion. I asked them to remove or redact the memorandum opinion from their website, but they declined and cited the following legal justification.

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Content carried on our site is public information, and is acquired from courts in all states and federal jurisdictions. The entirety of this information constitutes a set of documents held in the public domain, which collectively form an appellate record. We maintain this set of documents to serve the public in matters of legal research. [The Company] is one of many online and print sources for such cases.

To ensure the continued utility of this public domain resource, we will not remove a record from the public domain, which includes search engine indexes, nor will we redact any portion of it, without a court order from an appropriate court of authority.

When a court "seals" a decision, it does not intend to remove it from the appellate record. It intends, rather, to direct its own personnel, typically the Clerk of the Court, to cease making that opinion available to the public through the court, i.e., it will no longer be available at the Court's counter and will no longer be available electronically on the Court's system. "Sealing" a document does not remove the opinion from the appellate record, especially in the instance of an opinion which has received a citation.

Our review indicates that your case has a formal citation; a formal citation implies the case has been printed in one or more case law reporters and circulated to law libraries all over the United States. In such a case, removing the case from our servers does not remove it from the public domain; it merely disadvantages our users by leaving a hole in the appellate record.

Our removing or redacting the opinion does not remove it from the public domain and thus is unlikely to resolve your concern. As this information becomes more and more available over the internet through an ever growing number of sources and search engines, you will continue to see it appear in searches. I suggest you contact the court asking for procedures needed for them to reissue the opinion, removing or redacting the information you wish to conceal. Our experience indicates that courts are very receptive to this approach. This is the proper procedure for dealing with your issue and constitutes the only viable permanent solution. Once this is done we will substitute the reissued decision. If you feel the case contains incorrect information, you can use the Comment tab above the case to clarify the situation.

Please don't threaten us with a lawsuit. We are a private company carrying public domain documents released by government entities to the public; we carry nothing that is not in the public domain. Other private companies carry these same documents and we all do so under the protection of the First Amendment.

This decision is readily accessible through other service such as Lexis.

In case this email does not fully answer your question, or you would like to contact us for any reason, simply reply to this email.

________________________

My medical diagnosis and medical history are on this webpage. It is readily accessible from Google. My life after I left the job where this originally happened has been brutal. I have spent the last two years trying to get companies to remove this memorandum opinion and they have all complied. Because this information remains on the Internet, I have not been able to find employment.

I have the following questions.

1. Is this website company correct in their justification which I have supplied above? Do I in fact have to, as they state, " I suggest you contact the court asking for procedures needed for them to reissue the opinion, removing or redacting the information you wish to conceal."

2. Is this website currently violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) by posting my medical information? The EEOC put up my appeal that contained the same information in this memorandum opinion, and my Congressman's office was able to successfully argue that they were violating HIPAA which led to the appeal's removal from the EEOC's website.

3. Instead of dealing with this issue in the above mentioned ways, would it just be easier to legally change my last name?

Thank You

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Iadaw 4/4/13 5:41 AM
There has been some research done in SEO on how you can influence Google autocomplete, for example:

http://www.seomoz.org/blog/how-googles-search-suggest-instant-works-whiteboard-friday

If you cannot get the person to remove the information then I would look to push him down, or out altogether, of the top Google rankings:

- Create your own page, explaining your situation
- Seeks news coverage of your legal difficulty, potentially gathering news stories sympathetic to you
- Use paid search adverts for certain keyword searches. You would also get an idea of how many searches are done, and using what search terms.

All of these come with some risks, and costs.

Really, if you can't get the information off the other website then I would advise you to simply explain it to your employer, face to face. And if he has a problem with that, well then would you really want to work at a company that discriminates against mental illness?

I can't speak for anyone else, but if I were hiring and someone told me that they had previously had a mental illness and then overcome it with counselling and support and hard work, I would value their honesty very much.

Good luck :)

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Thomas P. 4/5/13 5:40 AM
@ 5 is Alive
Those 3 questions are indeed very good questions, but are unfortunately very legal in nature.
I simply do not have the knowledge to venture into answering those.
I'll try see if I can lure anyone into that minefield (Sorry, that I can't be more helpful than that.)
Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Andrew Sawyer 4/5/13 6:34 AM
5 is Alive,

I believe the company is correct in their legal opinion. The difficulty is that it is a public document which was published by the court and is in the public domain. There is very little you could do legally to make it dissapear. Likely it doesn't violate HIPPA because it is a court opinion and I assume isn't covered by the act. Just guessing on that one, but I'm sure if I dived in that would be the answer. Changing your name will work until someone links the old name with the new name then you're back at square one, however its better than a direct citation to the medical records.

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Andrew Sawyer 4/5/13 6:34 AM
Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 4/5/13 7:25 AM
Andrew,

Thanks for the assistance. Your information has most likely saved me time and money.

OK, so if, legally, this website can post the sealed memorandum opinion on the Internet, then should I do what they recommend, namely:

_________


 I suggest you contact the court asking for procedures needed for them to reissue the opinion, removing or redacting the information you wish to conceal. Our experience indicates that courts are very receptive to this approach. This is the proper procedure for dealing with your issue and constitutes the only viable permanent solution. Once this is done we will substitute the reissued decision.

_______________

Despite what this person's experience indicates, I'd appreciate anyone's guess at to whether federal courts will be receptive to removing or redacting the information that I would wish to conceal.

If this approach may work, can I write a letter to the Federal District Court Judge that presided over the case explaining what I'd like to do an then submitting a version of the memorandum opinion with my recommendations for redaction, or do I have to submit legal documentation reopening the case, which I am assuming will require the services of an attorney?

When I was originally working on the lawsuit with my attorney "friend", I was told that some information about the lawsuit, but not related to my medical condition and hospitalization, would make it onto PACER. I was ok with this because PACER is a subscription-based pay-for-use website that requires quite a bit of effort to use compared to the ease of Google Search.

Does what happened to me mean that anyone that files a lawsuit based on discrimination by their employer or former employer has a 100% chance of their lawsuit, whether they win it or loose it, getting onto the Internet with a Google Search? I'm no legal expert, but if I knew about this before I started my lawsuit, I would have most definitely not filed it. I don't think I would have even filed an EEOC complaint. Please note, however, that this decision would not be based on the guilt of my former employer. My former employer is extremely guilty. The only reason that they won was that I had to file a complaint within 45 days of the discrimination taking place. Unfortunately, I missed the deadline, because I didn't know about it.

Unless someone says I am incorrect, which I hope to be the case, I want to again stress this to mentally ill people who have been discriminated against by their employer or former employer and are thinking of suing;

If you file a federal lawsuit against your former employer, the federal case will eventually make it onto the Internet and will be able to be called up on Google with a single search of your full name, and possibly your former employer. I would urge you to think very, very carefully before you begin a lawsuit because it could cause way more harm than good, which happened in my case.

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 4/11/13 2:09 AM
First, I guess this thread has gone too much in the legal advice direction, which I didn't originally intend. I understand why no one would want to give me legal advice as I realize it could put you at a disadvantage.

So, let me get the thread back on topic.

Yes, the best solution to my Google Auto Suggest problem would be to get the website owner that is posting my medical information to remove this information from their site. I will begin the process of going about doing this and post updates concerning this on this thread. No one needs to provide information in this area.

However, let's suppose that I am unsuccessful in getting the Federal Court's memorandum opinion reissued so that I can get the website owner to remove my medical information. Consequently, unless the website owner changes their mind or their website ceases to exist, this content will be on the Internet forever, and thus readily searchable from Google forever.

If this scenario does happen, I would like to ask for advice regarding Google Auto Suggest.

First, if I type [My Full Name W/ My Middle Initial] I get in Auto Suggest:

[My Full Name W/ My Middle Initial] bipolar
My Full Name W/ My Middle Initial] [My Former Place of Employment Where I originally got sick]

Now, there are many dentists and lawyers that have my name. I'm afraid that many people who do not know of me or care about me at all may be selecting [My Full Name W/ My Middle Initial] bipolar because they are afraid that their dentist or lawyer that has the same name as mine may be bipolar. Because of this, [My Full Name W/ My Middle Initial] bipolar may continue to be organically generated by Google Auto Suggest forever, as people will click on it.

I realize Google has steadfastly refused to delete or modify anything related to Google Auto Suggest. Let's put that as a constant in this question. If this is the case, what are my options?

Can anyone that does not work for Google (As I would suppose they wouldn't venture a guess in this territory), provide any advice or past experiences concerning using the Indian option where a bunch of people who work for a company in India that work to change Google Search and Auto Suggest Results work to solve my problem. Would this work, or would I be open to "Auto Suggest Blackmail" by the Indian company once they know the Auto Suggest Term that I want to get rid of?

Additionally, if I can't get my medical documentation off the problem website, is it also possible to use an Indian firm to bury the page in question on like Page 60 on a Google Search?

How would I go about doing these things? Does anyone know of any reputable firms in India that work on these issues?

Also, please note that I'm only thinking of using this option as a last resort because Google won't do anything about my issue. From an ethical standpoint, I would not use these options to promote myself. I only want to get rid of information that is hurting my current prospects at finding full-time employment.

Finally, am I also shooting myself in the foot by searching with [My Full Name W/ My Middle Initial] on Google Search? Should I stop searching using my name because it may also effect the search results?

Thanks, and I will keep you all updated regarding my own legal efforts to get this content off the problem website.

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Thomas P. 4/11/13 2:50 AM
If I were in your shoes, then I'd investigate my legal options before anything else.
Also, assuming that your legal case had no significance in setting judicial precedence, then: You don't really have have anything much working aginst you - the courts, the judicial systems, will have no real & true major interest in keeping your personal private information accessible to any member of the public via case annotations. The only thng which may be against you, is standard operation procedures & regulations of the courts and various other legal entities (i.e. red tape stuff).
Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 4/13/13 4:07 AM
Thomas P., Thanks for your assistance. If anyone knows of any legal precedent or case citations that I could look up on PACER in order to write up my own request to the court, I would greatly appreciate it. Legal text seems a lot like Medieval English or CitySpeak from BladeRunner to me, so any aid that I could use to assist me would be greatly appreciated.

Now, before I say what I'm about to say, I want to make one thing clear. I am not singling Google out for what I am about to talk about. Singling Google out for a problem that deals with companies that utilize the Internet to disseminate media would be like picking on Nintendo in the 1990s for all the world's violent video games. However, just as the video game industry reached a way to rate video games voluntarily through the Entertainment Software Rating Board, I believe that there is currently an opportunity for companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and Microsoft to also come together to do something voluntarily.

When I was a teenager, the Internet was still in its infancy. I'm sure for many people High School was tough, nevertheless. Personally, I remember very well the time one of my female classmates shot and killed herself in the girls bathroom at school on the same floor where I was having Spanish class. I'm sure people had bullied her and she felt powerless, very much as I personally feel in my present situation.

Fast forward to the present day. In the last few days two girls committed suicide because of photos and other forms of media that were posted of them being sexually assaulted on the Internet. Ms. Audrie Pott of Saratoga, California committed suicide after she was sexually abused and an explicit photo of the assault was circulated on Facebook. A few days earlier, Ms. Rehtaeh Parsons, of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada tried to kill herself after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied, and the photos of the event were circulated on the Internet. She was recently taken off life support.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/viral-images-led-to-suicides-of-teenagers-in-halifax-saratoga-families-say/2013/04/12/b778f658-a399-11e2-9c03-6952ff305f35_story.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57579263-504083/audrie-pott-suicide-three-teens-arrested-for-alleged-sexual-assault-of-calif-girl-who-committed-suicide/

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/12/world/americas/canada-teen-suicide/index.html

In the case of both of these suicides, Facebook seems to have been the key media that was used to disseminate what led these girls to commit suicide. However, put yourself in these girls' shoes. They saw these things being circulated at school, and they tried in vain to get people to stop sending these pictures and texts and emails, but nothing was effective.

What can anyone do when something so dire is put on the Internet that it drives someone to commit suicide? Also, this seems to have been going on for a long time.  I also remember that Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate illegally taped / live streamed a sexual encounter Mr. Clementi had with another man.

I think that with all of these experiences, the greatest feeling that all of the people above experienced was powerlessness to get things that were put on the Internet that were causing them great pain off the Internet. They didn't know where to turn. They didn't know who to talk to. I must confess that when I first became aware of my problem, which was nothing compared to the issues of Ms. Pott, Ms. Parsons, and Mr. Clementi, I also contemplated suicide. Also, when I sought counseling, the staff that I talked to didn't understand my problem. The most they would always give me is, "You should tell the website owner to get your information off the Internet." They were unprepared to provide counseling to me about what I had been subjected to, the embarrassment that I felt, the powerlessness, because they couldn't seem to get their heads around this new issue.

Law enforcement may not always act on this information, and unless you have a pot of money or a friend who just happens to specialize in Internet Privacy issues, there is nothing you can do to get this stuff off the Internet and make the pain go away. The greater truth, which no psychologist or counselor ever told me, but which I hold to be true, is that, once something is out on the Internet, it will most likely be there forever. A hacker once lifted nude photos of Scarlett Johansson off of her phone. The hacker was arrested and imprisoned, but once her photos got out, there was never anything Ms. Johansson could do to permanently get them deleted. Luckily, most of us are so small and unimportant that if something does get onto the Internet it is not noticed. However, despite my efforts to get my medical information off the Internet, there is still a chance that it will always be there, or that it will come back years after I think I have finally solved the problem.

I submit that companies that disseminate, organize, and transmit media on the Internet, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, Instagram, and others, need to voluntarily come together and create a not-for-profit organization that would do the following:

- Provide a 24hr suicide counseling telephone hotline to people who's personal information has been illegally put onto the internet. The counselors should be trained on how to give help through an in depth understanding of internet privacy issues and the emotions and pain people whose personal information has made it onto the internet are feeling. It is important that such a hotline exist to walk people like Ms. Pott, Ms. Parsons, and Mr. Clementi back from the edge.

- One of the reasons people who are thinking of committing suicide might want to call this hotline is if they know that the counselors they talk to have the ability to talk to companies that are facilitating the dissemination of the material that is causing the individuals such pain. If someone, similar to Ms. Pott, calls and says that there are sexually explicit photos of her getting assaulted that are being spread on Facebook, a counselor should be able to immediately call a live human at Facebook and explain the situation. There has to be a link to people at these companies on a 24hr basis.

- This organization could also put helpful information on their website on how to deal with getting material taken off websites, a list of legal organizations that assist people with Internet privacy issues,and a website that talks of the dangers of having derogatory things put on the Internet that speaks in the same way as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) tells young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

- A list of phone numbers to Internet companies where you will actually get through to a human being. I personally, when I was feeling suicidal, tried to call Google's Mountain View Campus, but I was never able to get through to a human. I tried for 30 minutes. I would submit that even being able to talk to a receptionist may be enough to walk someone back from the edge of suicide.

- This organization could propose new legislation that would make it easier for people to protect their privacy and their Internet image. I understand that there is a fine line between helping people protect their image and privacy on the Internet and having our society become like Oceania in Orwell's "1984."  However, I would think that there could be a balance.

The problems that I spoke of are only guaranteed to get worse. Once Google's Project Glass comes online humans will actually have the capacity to document every moment of their lives, for better or worse. By better, I mean a video of you walking up to get your high school diploma. By worse I mean a video of you throwing up in a toilet after drinking to much and then looking in the bathroom mirror, thus identifying yourself.

My personal hope is that companies such as Google will realize that doing what I have outlined voluntarily is much better than having laws passed to control their activities. The Motion Picture Industry and the Video Games Industry have set a precedent that I think could be followed. I would advise Google to act on my suggestion.

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? Thomas P. 4/20/13 1:53 PM
Hi "5 is Alive"
 
I asked around, and received following suggestions:
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (grassroots mental health organization) - offers a legal referral network 
Reputation.com (formerly known as Reputation Defender) - helps people clean up problem sites
:
http://www.reputation.com/
  
Electronic Privacy Information Center - might want to take a policy position on this, not sure about representation
:
http://epic.org/
 
Best of luck :-)
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Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 5/9/13 3:36 AM
Thomas P.,

Thanks for the three links.

When I first became fully aware of my problem, I reached out to NAMI's legal referral network. Sadly, they are overworked and understaffed. The person I spoke to tried to be helpful, but he didn't really know what to do with my problem. I was given a list of a number of university legal clinics, but they usually don't seem to like to deal with problems of people who they cannot meet with in person. Because of this, my chances of finding a clinic in the location where I currently reside is slim.

I would highly recommend that, if this is the direction those in Silicon Valley may want to go, tech companies make sizable donations to NAMI to help them improve their telephone assistance lines and create a better legal referral service.

I have been a customer of Reputation.com for the better part of a year. I subscribed to their $99 entry-level service, which doesn't seem to actively change search results, but rather runs detailed searches of the Internet to quantify how bad your problem is. The services of Reputation.com that do proactively change things cost upwards of thousands of dollars, and my view is that they are just a temporary fix. In other words, they make the problem go away and stay gone as long you keep paying them to do so. Also, given that I recently received the following in an email from Reputation.com:

"We are reaching out to let you know that Reputation.com recently identified, interrupted and swiftly shut down an external attack on our secure network.  Our network security personnel detected this breach shortly after it began, and took immediate steps to stop the attack before it could be completed."

Reputation.com may not be the safest medium to use to try to hide personal information that you don't  want others to know about. I intend to close my subscription at the end of its cycle.

I have yet contacted the Electronic Privacy Information Center. I'll give it a try.

I'll give a post as to whether my contacting EPIC yields any results.

Thanks again for your assistance.
 

Re: How do I delete my psychiatric medical diagnosis from Google Auto Suggest? 5 is Alive 5/9/13 3:42 AM
I would think that both the diner and the dish have their own concept of what they are partaking in.

However, I'm not the dish of the day.
_________

He sat down.
The waiter approached.
'Would you like to see the menu?' he said,
'or would you like meet the Dish of the Day?'

'Huh?' said Ford.
'Huh?' said Arthur.
'Huh?' said Trillian.
'That's cool,' said Zaphod, 'we'll meet the meat.'

 - snip -

A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beeblebrox's table,
a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with
large watery eyes, small horns and what might almost have
been an ingratiating smile on its lips.

'Good evening', it lowed and sat back heavily on its haunches,
'I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in the parts
of my body?'

It harrumphed and gurgled a bit, wriggled its hind quarters in
to a more comfortable position and gazed peacefully at them.

Its gaze was met by looks of startled bewilderment from
Arthur and Trillian, a resigned shrug from Ford Prefect and
naked hunger from Zaphod Beeblebrox.

'Something off the shoulder perhaps?' suggested the animal,
'Braised in a white wine sauce?'

'Er, your shoulder?' said Arthur in a horrified whisper.

'But naturallymy shoulder, sir,' mooed the animal contentedly,
'nobody else's is mine to offer.'

Zaphod leapt to his feet and started prodding and feeling
the animal's shoulder appreciatively.

'Or the rump is very good,' murmured the animal. 'I've been
exercising it and eating plenty of grain, so there's a lot
of good meat there.'

It gave a mellow grunt, gurgled again and started to chew
the cud. It swallowed the cud again.

'Or a casselore of me perhaps?' it added.

'You mean this animal actually wants us to eat it?' whispered
Trillian to Ford.

'Me?' said Ford, with a glazed look in his eyes, 'I don't mean
anything.'

'That's absolutely horrible,' exclaimed Arthur, 'the most revolting
thing I've ever heard.'

'What's the problem Earthman?' said Zaphod, now transfering his
attention to the animal's enormous rump.

'I just don't want to eat an animal that's standing there
inviting me to,' said Arthur, 'It's heartless.'

'Better than eating an animal that doesn't want to be
eaten,' said Zaphod.

'That's not the point,' Arthur protested. Then he thought about it
for a moment. 'Alright,' he said, 'maybe it is the point. I don't
care, I'm not going to think about it now. I'll just ... er ... I
think I'll just have a green salad,' he muttered.

'May I urge you to consider my liver?' asked the animal,
'it must be very rich and tender by now, I've been force-feeding
myself for months.'

'A green salad,' said Arthur emphatically.

'A green salad?' said the animal, rolling his eyes disapprovingly
at Arthur.

'Are you going to tell me,' said Arthur, 'that I shouldn't have
green salad?'

'Well,' said the animal, 'I know many vegetables that are
very clear on that point. Which is why it was eventually
decided to cut through the whoile tangled problem and breed
an animal that actually wanted to be eaten and was capable of
saying so clearly and distinctly. And here I am.'

It managed a very slight bow.

'Glass of water please,' said Arthur.

'Look,' said Zaphod, 'we want to eat, we don't want to make
a meal of the issues. Four rare stakes please, and hurry.
We haven't eaten in five hundred and sevebty-six thousand
million years.'

The animal staggered to its feet. It gave a mellow gurgle.
'A very wise coice, sir, if I may say so. Very good,' it
said, 'I'll just nip off and shoot myself.'

He turned and gave a friendly wink to Arthur.
'Don't worry, sir,' he said, 'I'll be very humane.'

It waddled unhurriedly off to the kitchen.

From the book "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams