Google is expanding its appeals process for the removal of search listings that include personal information, with users now able to request search omissions from the search index for web pages that list their address and contact information, among other identifiers potentials.
As explained by Google:
“As part of this new policy extension, users can now request removal of additional types of information when they find it in search results, including personal contact information such as phone number, email address or a physical address. The policy also allows for the removal of additional information that may pose a risk of impersonation, such as confidential login credentials, when it appears in search results.
This could have a range of implications, for a range of sites, with some social networks potentially having to reassess their listings to ensure they comply with these new regulations.
Although they only become enforceable when triggered by an individual, which means there are probably not many updates to implement. But it could see some web pages removed from Google’s index if a case is brought before the search giant asking for action on the matter.
Google has long offered the ability to request censorship of certain search listings, based on certain criteria.
“On Google Search, we have a set of policies that allow people to request removal of certain content from search, with an emphasis on highly personal content that, if public, may cause direct harm to users. people.”
This process was introduced in response to the European “Right to be forgotten” legislation, which was implemented by the EU in 2014, and gives individuals the legal right to ask search engines like Google to list certain results for queries related to a person’s name.
According to Google:
“In deciding what to list, search engines must consider whether the information in question is ‘inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive’ and whether there is a public interest in the information remaining available in search results.”
So if there are particularly harmful search results about you, perhaps a past court case or a defamatory message, that could harm your personal or professional status, you can request that it be removed, and Google will evaluate your submission against its entry criteria.
This was further extended in 2018, when the EU implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which includes a section that gives internet users a “right to erasure”, offering greater control over Internet Harmful Lists.
And now it is expanded again:
“When we receive removal requests, we will evaluate all web page content to ensure that we do not limit the availability of other widely useful information, for example in news articles. We will also assess whether the content appears as part of the public record on government or official source sites. In such cases, we will not perform deletions. It’s important to remember that removing content from Google search won’t remove it from the internet, so you can contact the hosting site directly, if you feel comfortable doing so.
This is important – hiding search results does not erase information from the web. Although Google is the largest search engine and a key point of discovery in many cases, people will still be able to find the original information if they search.
Google has also recently implemented a New policy which allows people under the age of 18 (or their parents or guardians) to request removal of their images from Google search results.
In combination, Google is giving users far more control over their online information – perhaps not voluntarily, as there is growing pressure from officials (particularly in the EU) to implement more measures. on this front. But its policies are evolving, in line with rising user expectations and broader regulatory trends.
The implications, as noted, remain limited, as few people submit removal requests, but it should be noted that this is now possible and some pages that display many people’s names or information could be affected.
Knowing what you are going to sell is not an easy task. Making use of Amazon’s recommendations sometimes leads you on the best path.
Not selling on Amazon is a problem but falling short many times almost tastes worse. Realizing that you could have sold more but you have not planned well and consequently you are not reducing what you could be reducing limits your growth possibilities.
Amazon makes recommendations to replenish inventory. The algorithm used today is not smart enough and does not take into account what I am going to tell you next.
Historical sales dates
The historical sales data is taken into account by Amazon but it falls short. It only looks at the short term, so the huge rise we see at Christmas does not take them sufficiently into account. My recommendation therefore is basic. You have to analyze the data of an entire year. It is exactly what we are doing right now. We want to know everything we have to have in Amazon warehouses so as not to fall short at the product level. This also allows us to buy product now that it is available from our suppliers but will not be available when we are really going to need it: around Christmas. We buy much more than we are going to need in the short term to be prepared.
Holidays and special days beyond Christmas
Last year at this time we had spectacular sales. The country that stood out was Germany. My explanation at the time was Easter together with the Covid effect that blew up billing. This year we have prepared packs of Pokémon to the beast. With more than 600 units in stock, it is possible to decide that we are well prepared and more so considering that with our sale price we are not being competitive. My intuition told me that the other vendors were going to run out of stock and that was going to be our moment of glory. Nor is it still happening as I expected. After selling almost nothing yesterday there were 44 sales. These days, 100-200 more packs could still come out. I’d rather be overstocked than understocked.
This part is the most complicated and it is the one where you will possibly catch your fingers. I do not dare much to bet on trends. Arriving early allows you to win the biggest prize but as always if there is much to win there is also much to lose. That is why my growth strategy is not so aggressive. We follow trends when they have already become obvious and there is room for manoeuvre. It was the case of Pokémon. In this case we are also talking less about detailed inventory planning but rather about expanding the catalogue.
In summary: Calculating demand correctly is a complex and almost impossible task. You will never be completely right because taking into account past data will never allow you to predict the future well. We make the attempt. It is nonetheless the best you can do.