For Google Search, we already have a set of guidelines that permit users to request the removal of certain kinds of information from Search and place a particular emphasis on unique content that is shared and can cause the user harm directly. The web is constantly evolving – information appears out of nowhere and is being utilized in various ways. So, our security and guidelines must change also.
It is possible to search for information in a non-intrusive way is among the significant purposes of Search. Still, it’s also about providing users with the tools needed to secure their data and to keep the personal information that is sensitive private. This is why we’re changing our policy to let users have greater control of their online presence via Search.
Request the removal of personally identifiable data removed from Google Search
Since the start of the period, consumers are able to ask to remove personal data that is sensitive and identifiable to them personally from Searches such as in the case of doxxing or other details such as bank account or credit card numbers that can be used to commit criminal activity.
Following this new policy, users can now ask for the removal of any other type of information whenever they see it in the results of searches, including personal contact details such as the email address, phone number, and physical address. This policy allows the removal of any other data that may pose a risk of identity theft, such as private login credentials if they are included in the results of a search.
The access to personal data about online contacts could be incredibly jarring and could harm other people, like inappropriate direct contact or even physical injury. We have received feedback from users who want to be able to choose to take the information they’ve entered from Search in specific instances.
If we get requests to remove content, we look over the information on our site to ensure that we’re not limiting the accessibility of other commonly helpful information, such as news articles. We’ll also determine if it’s in the public domain on official or government information source sites. In such situations, we’ll take no steps to take action to remove the information.
It is important to remember that removing content on Google Search won’t remove it from the Internet. This is why you may want to connect directly to the website hosting your site If you’re comfortable doing so.
We’re constantly looking for new ways to ensure that the security policies that we’ve put in place and the security measures built into our system are in line with the changing needs of users and are easy to implement. For instance, following this change, we’ve recently implemented the revised policy, which allows users under 18 (or their parents or guardians) to ask Google to remove their images from Google Search results.
The ability to access information and give individuals the tools to take charge of personally identifiable information is an essential balance that must be achieved. We believe that these improvements are vital to providing people with the tools needed to ensure their security and privacy online.