How to remove your personal information from Google search results – TechCrunch

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Once something is on the Internet, it is almost impossible to delete it. But Google now makes it easier for anyone to request removal of their personal information from Google’s own search results.

Google has widely opposed a global ‘right to be forgotten’, a facet of European law that allows EU citizens to demand that companies, including tech giants, delete stored personal data About them. But that hasn’t stopped Google from giving users the tools to limit the information it collects as a business, as well as tools to allow children and young adults to request that their photos be removed from search results. google image search.

Now, with its new search results removal request feature, you can ask Google to remove personally identifiable information about you (or someone you represent) from its search results, such as a phone number, email address, or home address, and other sensitive information that could be used to break into your online accounts, such as login credentials. Google said it can help victims of doxxing, where information about someone is posted online without their consent, often with malicious intent.

Google allows you to request removal of your personal information from its search results. Picture: Tech Crunch

To request removal of your search results, first note what Google expects of you in order to process the removal request. Google explains what types of personal information it will remove, such as confidential government identification numbers, bank account numbers, images of identity documents, as well as contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses.

When you’re ready, head over to the Google search results removal form and tap Delete the information you see in Google Searchso In Google search results and on a website. At this point, Google will let you know if you want to contact the website host, but if not, you can say No, I’d rather not contact the site host and continue with the form.

At this point, Google should ask you which search results you want to remove. You must select Personal information, such as identification numbers and private documents, then select the type of personal information you want to delete, such as your contact information, private medical documents, or other government-issued identification. From there, you need to fill out the form with your relevant information, including your full name, country of residence, best contact email address, and list of web addresses of your personal information. You can enter the web addresses of infringing search results from your browser’s address bar.

The final question on this form is whether your personal information relates to doxxing, which Google asks if the information is “shared with malicious, threatening, or harassing intent.” If so, select Yes.

You will need to provide all web addresses where you found your information. This can mean both the web address of the web page containing your information – and the web addresses of the Google search results page. You may also need to take and submit screenshots of search results to help Google refine the request. You can submit up to 1,000 web addresses at a time.

Once you are done, check the signature form at the bottom of the form.

Remember that removing your information from Google search results is not a panacea. Google’s request function will not automatically remove your personal information from websites where your data is hosted, but it makes it more difficult for others to discover the data without the help of Google’s search algorithm.

Completing the search removal form also does not guarantee that Google will act on your behalf. Google said it will “evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we don’t limit the availability of other widely useful information, such as in news articles.” In cases where your information is part of a public record, such as a court record or a government website, Google has stated that it will not remove such search results.

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