The wait is finally over. Google recently announced that you will soon be able to ask them to remove your phone number, email, and/ or address from search results. This is a great new feature to make it easier for anyone to keep their personal information safe and absent in online search results. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the past 10+ years been asking for this feature from Google, and it’s now happening.
Google took to Twitter on May 11, 2022, stating:
“Soon, a new tool will let you more easily request the removal of Google Search results containing your contact details — such as your home address, phone number and email address. This feature will be available in the Google app and on individual Google Search results.”
With just the click of a button, you can get your personal information removed from search results. Google implemented new tools and updated their policies to enable you to request the removal of your personal data very easily and promptly, without having to show evidence of potential harm, as required before. For years now, Google has gone through with requests to remove personal and sensitive data such as credit card numbers or bank account information from search results. Yet now, they grew their policies and procedures to quickly remove more personal information that will lessen the chance of identity theft situations and other risks. However, keep in mind that Google may not remove certain personal data from its search results if it is newsworthy. For example, if you see your address in a news article, they do not have control in removing it from that source.
In today’s world, it can be very easy to access someone’s personal information, and that can be frightening for many individuals. If you have ever searched your name online to see what pops up when other people type in your name, you are not alone. This new search tool from Google was created to help control your online presence and feel safer. This feature will launch in the coming months in the Google App and by going to the three dots next to individual Google Search results. Google has proven to continuously improve their analytics for our safety and security, although major adjustments like this did take years to make. All in all, we are eager to see the organization values protection, privacy, and know they listen to our concerns.