Google Now Allows You to Request that Personal Data-containing Search Results Be Removed.

Google Now Allows You to Request that Personal Data-containing Search Results Be Removed.

According to 9to5Google, Google is developing a tool that makes it easy to erase search results that include your address, phone number, and other personally identifying information. It debuted the results about you feature in May at I/O 2022, describing it as a method to let you quickly select whether your personally-identifiable information may be found in Search results.

If you notice a result that includes your phone number, home address, or email address, you may choose it by clicking the three-dot menu at the upper right. This brings up the standard "About this result" box, but there's a new "Remove result" option at the bottom of the screen. According to a dialog, if the result contains one of those three items, "we can examine your request more rapidly."

The request may then be tracked under a new menu item in the Google app called "Results about you," which can be accessed by touching your user profile at the top right. You may then track the status of requests using the criteria "All requests," "In progress" and "Approved." 

The same website also allows you to create a new request, complete witha "Why would you like to remove this result" step. Options there include "It shows my personal contact info," "It shows my contact into with an intent to harm me," "It shows other personal info," "It contains illegal info" and "It’s outdated." However, Google has already said that not all requests would be granted.

According to 9to5Google, the new function is only available to a small number of users in the United States and Europe. Meanwhile, you may delete additional personally identifying information or doxxing items from Google Search by submitting a removal request – further information is available here.

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