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You may now request that Google delete personal information from search results – Here’s How

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You may now request that Google delete personal information from search results here’s how.

People may now ask Google to remove more sorts of information from its search results, such as personal contact information such as a phone number, email address, or physical address. People may now ask Google to remove more sorts of information from its search results, such as personal contact information such as a phone number, email address, or physical address.

People can already request the removal of specific content from Google Search, with an emphasis on sensitive content that might cause direct harm to them.

Michelle Chang, Google’s Global Policy Lead for Search, said in a statement late Wednesday.

“Under the policy expansion, people can now request removals of additional types of information when they find it in search results, such as personal contact information like a phone number, email address, or physical address,”

The policy also allows for the removal of extra material that may constitute a danger of identity theft, such as secret log-in credentials, from Search results.

“It’s important to remember that removing content from Google Search won’t remove it from the internet, which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly,” the company informed.

In incidents of doxxing, people have asked Google to delete sensitive, personally identifying information from Search, as well as information such as bank account or credit card data that may be used for financial crime.

Google said:

“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,” said Google.

Google said that when it receives removal requests, it will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that it is 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 company noted.

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