In the internet world, privacy seems to be pretty difficult to grasp, especially when search engines are involved. However, Googles is doing a bit to help, with new techniques designed to remove search results with personal identifiable information (PII), which includes contact details.
In May, Google announced this change at Google''s I/O, and now the new technologies are being developed. This means you may start filing requests to remove your personal information from Google searches.
This is not the first time Google has granted people the ability to delete personal details from search results. EUs'' Right to be Forgotten has also entered into force in 2014, where Google also has policies that allow people to request results with minor images or sites with exploitative removal practices (sites that require people to pay directly to them or other agencies to remove the content), as well as various kinds of pornography, specifically content posted without consent, fake content.
These new technologies are designed to simplify the whole process and make it simpler to ask Google to collect personally identifiable information.
These requests, according to Google''s support page, allow the removal of confidential government identifications (including social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, images of handwritten signatures, images of ID documents, official and restricted medical records (like medical records), confidential logins and personal contact information specifically addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
When ''doxxing'' is a concern, Google is also claiming to be thinking about removing professional contact information.
How to remove your personal information from Google''s search results
To begin the process, you must go over to Google''s removal request form (opens in a new tab) and start filling out information.
Android users may start things off by opening the Google app, tapping their profile picture in the bottom right corner, and selecting the Results About You option. Although the web form appears to be accessible for everyone, the Google app forms are still in use.
The most important part of this entire process is that you tell Google what information is being removed, whose information it includes alongside links to and screenshots of the offending webpages. This process is quite simple, and Google guides you through everything as you progress.
After completing the request, you''ll have an automated confirmation. Google will then review the request, ask for additional information if needed, and inform you whenever the action has been taken, which includes an explanation if your request has been rejected.
If they find a disturbing web page while browsing, they may also tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner of the result, which opens the About This Result panel. Again, this is still rolling out to everyone, and this may not happen on desktop or mobile for a while.
It''s unclear how long these requests take to process, or how Google will determine if something isn''t eligible for removal. Nonetheless, it''s good to streamline the process, especially when personal information is wowed into the internet with greater regularity and effect. The last thing you want is your information to circulate around the globe.
It doesnt prohibit websites from having a place that information or potentially refusing to take it down. It makes it a lot harder for individuals to find it.