The Sun-Times introduces a ‘right to be forgotten’ policy


The woman whose arrest was dismissed years ago but who still gets questioned about it regularly at work and in her community. The man who was acquitted but suspects the article about his arrest is keeping him from getting a job. The person whose childhood misstep still haunts their reputation today as an adult.

These are a few of the community members who have asked us to de-index, or remove, past Chicago Sun-Times news stories from search engines such as Google so the articles no longer appear in internet searches for their names. 

With social media and the internet, it’s so much easier to quickly find years- or even decades-old articles. That means some of the people we’ve covered continue to live with the negative impact of being arrested or accused of a crime, even if they didn’t do it. 

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