Google tips: Remove personal information from Google search this way

    Google now allows users to remove personal information from Google search by dropping a request. Here’s the step-by-step guide to do the same. 
    By HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on May 23 2022, 05:00 PM IST
    How to remove personal info from Google search. 
    How to remove personal info from Google search.  (Pixabay)
    How to remove personal info from Google search. 
    How to remove personal info from Google search.  (Pixabay)

    Google, during its annual developer conference, has announced the expansion of the sphere of personal information that can be removed from Google search results. This will allow users to remove sensitive personal information such as contact details and login credentials with ease. Previously, this feature was limited to just bank details, however, the new updated policy lets users have more control over their data that can be accessed by a basic Google search. You can remove your data by simply submitting a request to delete your addresses (both physical and email) and phone numbers from potential search results. Know which data can you limit exposure on Google results

    Data that you can delete from Google search from here

    1. National ID numbers

    2. Bank accounts

    3. Credit card numbers

    4. Personal signatures

    5. Login info and credentials

    6. Medical records

    7. "Irrelevant pornography" (that is, explicit material somehow tied to your name)

    8. Deep fake porn you may appear in against your will

    Additionally, if you're afraid of getting doxxed, Google may even remove your professional contact info from the search engine. The tech giant has even introduced a new tool at Google I/O 2022 that will make the whole process easier to remove phone numbers, home addresses, or email addresses from Google search. This will also make tracking the request status easier.

    The tool will be available on the Google app in the coming months. As of now here’s how you can make a request to remove data from Google Play store.

    How to remove personal info from Google search

    Time
    Tools
    Supplies
    20 Minutes
    • Phone
    • Laptop
    • updated browser
    • Internet
    Step 1:

    Visit this Google page to make a request for the removal of personal info.

    Step 2:

    Next, answer the questions that Google asks to understand the kind of content you want to remove.
     

    Step 3:

    Once you submit the answers, Google will send you an automatic mail for confirmation.

    Step 4:

    After that, Google will evaluate the request based on the requirements provided in the form. If any information is found missing, such as URLs, the tech giant will notify you to correct the information.
     

    Step 5:

    If the URLs fulfill Google’s guidelines, “Either the URLs will be removed for all queries or the URLs will be removed only from search results in which the query includes the complainant’s name, or other provided identifiers, such as aliases.” If it doesn’t, your request will be denied but, you can re-submit your request.

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    First Published Date: 23 May, 05:00 PM IST
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