Google published a blog entry on Wednesday and announced that it now allows people to request removal of their phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses from search results.
The search engine giant already allowed privacy-concerned users to ask Google for help collecting personal information, but that was limited to bank account and credit card numbers, images of handwritten signatures, medical records, government ID information, and explicit, indecent personal content.
How to get your personal information removed from Google search
Google explained that the advantage of its search engine is that it gives users access to information, but it cannot do so at the expense of privacy and security. Thanks to the new policy extension, Michelle Chang, Global Policy Lead for Search, said Google is “giving people the tools they need to protect themselves and keep their personal information private.”
Follow the instructions below to submit a request to Google to have your personally identifiable information removed from searches.
1. Click here; You land on a page with the title “Remove selected personally identifiable information (PII) or doxing content from Google Search.”
2. Scroll down and you will see a blue button that says “Start removal request.” click it
3. You will come across a form asking what you want to remove, where you saw the offending information and if you have contacted the website owner. Tick your answers.
4. A new question will appear asking what type of personal information you would like removed from the search results. Answer accordingly.
5. A new form will appear asking you to enter URLs, upload screenshots, add additional context and more to help Google make the best decision regarding your case. Once you have completed the form, tick the legal box and click “Submit.”
6. You should then receive an email from Google acknowledging receipt of your request.
Investigators will review your case and if they need more information, they will contact you for more documentation. Once Google has made a decision, you’ll receive an email detailing whether your request will be denied or accepted.
Keep in mind that while you can remove objectionable content from Google Search, the search engine tech giant doesn’t have the authority to completely remove it from the web. For that you have to contact the hosting sites directly.