You are here: Home » Technology » News
What is the SOVA virus?
Twitter fixes bug that left users' account logged in after password reset
Business Standard

Google rolls out tool to let people remove personal info from Search

Earlier this year, Google updated its policies around removing personally identifying information

Topics
Google | Google search engine | Privacy concerns

IANS  |  New Delhi 



Google
Google

has started to roll out a new privacy feature that will allow people to directly make a request to remove Search results that contain their personal information.

Google's "Results about you" tool, announced during its annual developer conference earlier this year, is now rolling out to some users, reports 9to5Google.

With this new tool, if you find your personal information like home address, email address, phone number or any other information on Search, just click on the three-dot overflow menu that appears in the top-right corner of each result.

The existing 'About this Result' panel opens with a new "Remove result" option appearing at the bottom of your screen, the report mentioned.

Currently, to remove any personal identifiable information (PII), you need to go to a Support page and fill out a form containing the URL you wanted to be removed from the search results.

Now, you can also monitor the progress of a removal from aResults about you' tool.

In addition to an "All requests" feed, you have filters like "In progress" and "Approved."

This page also lets you make a new request with a walkthrough that involves a "Why would you like to remove this result?" step.

Google earlier said that when it receives removal requests, "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".

Removing contact information from Google Search doesn't remove it from the web, "which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly, if you're comfortable doing so".

Earlier this year, Google updated its policies around removing personally identifying information.

--IANS

na/shb/

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.


We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, September 22 2022. 10:52 IST

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU