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How to ask Google to remove your personal data from its search results


Google is finally making it easier for you to make sure your personal information doesn’t show up in online search results – and all it took was hundreds of thousands of requests over nearly a decade.

Alphabet recently launched the internet search giant that is owned by Alphabet new policiesAnd tools that allow users to quickly and easily request the removal of personal data – like your phone number, email address, or even a physical address – from search results. To get Google to delete their personal data from search results previously, users needed to present evidence such as identity theft or doxxing. April blog post.

Now, you get your information removed from those results for any reason – and with just the click of a button.

“For many people, a key element of feeling safer and more private online is having greater control over where their sensitive, personally-identifiable information can be found,” Danielle Romain, Google’s vice president of trust, wrote in a separate blog postOn Wednesday

Crucially, not every request is guaranteed approval: The company may not remove your personal data from its search results if the information is newsworthy – for instance, if it appears in a relevant news article – or if it’s included on a government website or another official source, according to Google.

The company stated Wednesday in a blog that it will review all information on the page in response to removal requests. This is to verify that the site does not limit access to other useful information, such as news articles.

At the moment, anybody can complete an online formYou can submit a request to have your data removed. A new tool was announced by the company on Wednesday. This will allow users who search for their information to make requests for the deletion of the data. According to the company, the tool would be made available in the “coming months”.

According to the company, it is determined that all requests for removals will be processed quickly and will use a mix of algorithms and manual monitoring.

The online form allows you to click on “remove certain personally identifiable information (PII), or doxxing from Google Search.” There are a few questions that you will need to answer about what personal data is showing up in Google Search results. You can even see screenshots and the URLs of websites.

You will also be asked if you believe your information has been shared with “doxxing intent” if the content is explicit or need to be erased for legal purposes.