Google has taken a major step towards improving the privacy and security of its users. The tech giant recently published a new data safety section on the Play Store that shows the user data that the app collects. This time, new features have been announced. This allows you to remove personal contact information from search results to prevent financial fraud, personal information theft, or other cyberattacks. Let’s take a look at the details below.
Google can now remove your number from search results
Google can now request the removal of personal information such as phone numbers and addresses that appear in search results. Previously, you could request Google to remove personal data such as banking information, national ID numbers, medical records, and personally signed images from search engines.
The company recently added and updated the official support documentation for the removal request process. “Personal contact information” Under the requirements for removing personally identifiable information (PII).
Following the deletion request Google will evaluate the URL sent before taking the required action.. You can now initiate a delete request and send us a URL that contains your personal information that will appear in Google search results. You can send up to 1,000 URLs.
“When we receive a removal request, we evaluate all content on the web page to make sure it does not limit the availability of other widely useful information, such as news articles... We also assess whether the content is displayed as part of public records on government or official sources.In such a case, we will not delete it.“The company said in a blog post.
If the company determines that the URL sent is within the policy Removed in all queries on Google.. In another scenario, the URL of the query containing the name is removed. If we fail to evaluate your request properly, we may also request additional information. This information should be provided to support the case. In addition, it has become clear that personal information will continue to be available on the Internet. Therefore, you can contact the hosting site for more information on this.
This move is an addition to a recent policy that allows teens to request photo removal on Google Search. New updates may help Google users, especially influential people and public figures who are constantly at risk of cyberbullying, malicious attacks, and theft of personal information. What do you think of this new feature? Let us know about it in the comments below.