Google now let you remove your personal information from search results

Google now let you remove your personal information Images of ID documents, phone numbers, physical addresses, email, confidential login from search
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Remove your personal information from Google

Committed towards increase in privacy and security of users around the world, search giant Google expanded its list of "personally identifiable information" and said that it will remove information pertaining to "Images of ID documents, personal contact info such as phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses and confidential login credentials" from its search results.

In a blog post, Google noted that; 
For many years, people have been able to request the removal of certain sensitive, personally identifiable information from Search — for example, in cases of doxxing, or information like bank account or credit card numbers that could be used for financial fraud.

Under this new policy expansion, people can now request removals of additional types of information when they find it in Search results, including personal contact information like a phone number, email address, or physical address. The policy also allows for the removal of additional information that may pose a risk for identity theft, such as confidential log-in credentials, when it appears in Search results.

The availability of personal contact information online can be jarring — and it can be used in harmful ways, including for unwanted direct contact or even physical harm. And people have given us feedback that they would like the ability to remove this type of information from Search in some cases.

When we receive removal requests, we will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we're not limiting the availability of other information that is broadly useful, for instance in news articles. We'll also evaluate if the content appears as part of the public record on the sites of government or official sources. In such cases, we won't make removals.
"The internet is always evolving - with information popping up in unexpected places and being used in new ways - so our policies and protections need to evolve, too.", says Michelle Chang,  Google's global policy lead for search. All removal requests will be evaluated to ensure that there is no limitation set on the availability of information which can be useful and removal requests of information that appear to be a part of the public record on government websites or official sources, will be denied.

Apart from the above, the company has added a provision for people under the age of 18, their parent or guardian can place a request of removal of their images from Google's search results.

Also Google noted that;
Google Search shows information gathered from websites across the web. Even if we remove content from Google Search, it may still exist on the web. This means someone might still find the content on the page that hosts it, through social media, on other search engines, or other ways.

Personal information that Google will remove

Requirements to remove personally identifiable info

To remove personally identifiable info from the Google Search Results, it must pertain to the following types of information:
  1. Confidential government identification (ID) numbers like U.S. Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Fisicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card, etc.
  2. Bank account numbers
  3. Credit card numbers.
  4. Images of handwritten signatures
  5. Images of ID docs
  6. Highly personal, restricted, and official records, like medical records
  7. Personal contact info (physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
  8. Confidential login credentials

Request to remove select personal info from Google Search

If you want to remove your personal information from Google Search; You or your authorized representative can submit a request to remove links to the content from Google search results.
  • On your Chrome web browser, Open Google Search Help here.
  • Scroll down and click on "Start removal request."
  • Now a new "Request to remove your personal information on Google" will open.
  • Choose the correct options, to contact Google about a personal information removal.
    • What do you want to do? > Remove information you see in Google Search > Prevent information from showing in Google Search
    • The information I want removed is: > In Google's search results and on a website > Only in Google’s search results.
    • Have you contacted the site's website owner? > No, how do I do that? > No, I prefer not to. > Yes.
  • Now your request to remove select personal info from Google Search will be submitted.
  • Google will review your request, if found correct Google will remove your personal info from Google Search results.
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