Google simplifies tracking and removing personal information from search.

Google simplifies tracking and removing personal information from search.

Google Makes It Easier to Remove Unwanted Information From Search

Google has announced that it will be introducing an update to its search engine, making it simpler for users to remove results about themselves. In a blog post on Thursday, the company revealed that an upcoming feature in the Google App will include a new dashboard, allowing users to quickly request the removal of certain personal information from search results. This information can include phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses. Google also plans to notify users when new search results containing their personal details appear.

It’s important to note that removing information from Google Search does not mean it has been removed from the internet entirely. If users want to remove their information from a specific website, they will need to contact the website directly. However, this update from Google is a step towards empowering individuals to have more control over their personal information and online presence.

In addition to the enhanced removal options, Google is also implementing another significant change. Explicit imagery will now be blurred by default. This means that when users search for topics such as bike injuries or car crashes, they will not accidentally encounter graphic images. Of course, users still have the ability to toggle the explicit image visibility if necessary. It’s worth mentioning that Safe Search, the feature that filters out potentially inappropriate results, is still turned off by default. Users who prefer to view unblurred images can also disable the blurring feature entirely.

Google’s decision to make it easier for people to remove unwanted information from search results comes in response to numerous stories of individuals struggling to get their personal information removed. In some cases, the published information was false and damaging to their reputation. Governments have also put pressure on Google to allow individuals to delete inaccurate information about themselves. This update aims to address these concerns and provide users with a more comprehensive control over their online presence.

Google has also updated its policies regarding explicit personal images. Regardless of whether explicit images were posted consensually or nonconsensually, users can now request to have these results removed from the search engine. However, Google will not remove explicit images from search results if the individual is being actively paid for the content either online or elsewhere.

To take advantage of these new removal features, users can follow simple steps:

  1. Perform a Google search of their name or relevant information.
  2. If any unwanted results appear, click on the three dots next to the result and select “Remove result.”
  3. Open the Google App on their phone or visit goo.gle/resultsaboutyou.
  4. Click on the profile icon in the top right-hand corner and select “Results about you.”
  5. Users can track the progress of their removal requests in this section.

Google has stated that it typically takes a few days to review removal requests to ensure they adhere to the policy requirements for removal.

Overall, Google’s initiative to make information removal easier and provide additional control over search results is a positive step towards protecting individuals’ privacy and online reputation. This update will undoubtedly bring relief to those who have been affected by false or harmful information circulating online. With the new removal options and stronger policies, Google is working towards creating a safer and more user-friendly search experience for everyone.