Google releases tool that lets users delete personal information directly from Search

New Delhi: Google has started to introduce an updated privacy feature that will let users directly ask Google to erase Search results that include personal information.

Google’s “Results about you” tool which was announced at its annual conference for developers earlier this year, has begun being made available to a few users, as reported by 9to5Google.

With this tool, should you come across personal information such as home address and email address, phone number, or any other details in Google Search, just click on the three-dot menu that appears in the upper-right corner of every result.

The current ‘About this Result’s Panel opens with a brand new “Remove result” option appearing at the lower right of the screen, the report you mentioned.

In order to erase all personal information (PII) Google, you have to go to the Google Support page and fill out a form that contains the URL you want to be removed from the results of a search.

You can now track the development of the removal process using ‘Results about you’ tool.

In addition to the “All requests” feed, there are filters, such as “In progress” and “Approved.”

This page allows you to make a fresh request by following an explanation that includes an “Why would you like to remove this result?”

Google previously stated that, when it receives requests to remove, “we will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we’re not limiting the availability of other information that is broadly useful, for instance in news articles”.

The removal of contact information from Google Search doesn’t remove it from the internet, “which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly if you’re comfortable doing so”.

In the course of this year’s calendar, Google updated its policies regarding the removal of personally identifiable information.

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