October 4, 2022
Google tests feature to allow users to clear personal information from searches

Google is rolling out a new privacy feature that enables users to clear their personal information from web searches.

The new “Remove Results button,” which appeared this week to a handful of Google app owners in the US and Europe, enables users to request that pages containing their phone numbers, home addresses or email addresses be displayed in searches. be removed from being

Users can also request the deletion of results containing their Social Security numbers, bank account and credit-card numbers, and medical records. Users can also delete “outdated” or “invalid” information.

“This is a way to help you more easily control whether your personally identifiable information can be found in search results,” Google said in a statement.

Google stressed that the tool is only designed to allow users to better control access to their most personal information, not to censor more general web content.

A Google statement said, “It is important to note that when we receive removal requests, we will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we are not limiting the availability of other information.” are, for example, in news articles.” ,

“And of course, removing contact information from Google Search doesn’t remove it from the web, so if you’re comfortable doing that, you may want to contact the hosting site directly.”

The tool is in testing and is yet to be rolled out across the Google platform. The tech giant first announced the test back in May, telling its annual I/O tech conference that the idea is expected to be implemented in the coming months.

Those with access to the new feature can click the three-dot menu in the top right of the Google app screen when they come across a result containing their personal information. After clicking on “About this result” option “Extract Result” button will appear.

Once users submit a removal request, they can monitor its progress as “in progress” or “approved”.

Those who don’t have access to the tool yet can use Google’s anti-doxing, Content removal request formWhich Google wants to replace with the new tool.

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