Google Launches Tool to Allow People Remove Personal Information

Google has begun to roll out a new privacy tool that will allow consumers to directly request that Search results containing their personal information be removed.

According to a report, Google’s ‘Results about you’ tool, which was unveiled earlier this year at its annual developer conference, is currently available to select users.

If you find your personal information on Google Search, such as your home address, email address, phone number, or any other information, simply click on the three-dot overflow menu that appears in the top-right corner of each result.

The existing ‘About this Result’ panel opens, with a new “Remove result” option at the bottom of your screen, as described in the report.

According to a report, to remove any personal identifiable information (PII), you must currently go to a Google Support page and fill out a form with the URL you want to be removed from the search results. You can now track the progress of removal using the aResults about you’ tool. You have filters such as ‘In progress’ and ‘Approved’ in addition to an ‘All requests’ feed. This website also allows you to create a new request, which includes a ‘Why would you like to remove this result?’ step.

Google previously stated in a statement that when it gets removal requests, it will assess all content on the web page to verify that it is not affecting the availability of other widely useful information, such as news articles. Removing contact information from Google Search does not remove it off the web, therefore you may want to contact the hosting site directly if you are comfortable doing so.

Google modified its standards for removing personally identifying information earlier this year.

Originally published at on September 23, 2022.

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