Google now lets you detect and delete your contact information if it appears on search

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This new tool is an upgrade of its previously launched feature, Results about you.
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Google has announced its plan to roll out a new tool that will enable users to detect if their personal information is showing on the search engine. This was revealed in a press release seen by Technext. According to the global tech giant, this new tool is an upgrade of its previously launched feature, Results about you.

Unlike the previous Results About You tool which only helps users remove results they stumbled upon, Google’s new tool which will be available to every user will enable them to know if their contact details like personal phone numbers, email or home addresses are showing on search results. If they are, the tool will reveal the same to the user. The tool will also notify the users if future results carry those same personal details.

In the coming days, we’ll be rolling out a new dashboard that will let you know if web results with your contact information are showing up on Search. Then, you can quickly request the removal of those results from Google — right in the tool. We’ll also notify you when new results from the web containing your contact info pop up in Search, to give you added peace of mind. 

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Users can then proceed to the Results About You dashboard to request the removal of such results from the search. This latest development demonstrates the company’s dedication to further protecting the privacy of its users while giving them more control over information about themselves that is in the public space.

You can access this tool in the Google app by clicking on your Google account photo and selecting “Results About You”, or by visiting goo.gle/resultsaboutyou. This tool is available in the U.S. in English to start, and the company is working to bring it to new languages and locations soon.

Last year, the tech giant launched the Results about you tool to make it easy for users to request the removal of search results that contain their personal phone number, home address or email, right from the Google app or however they access Search. This latest development represents a significant update and improvement of the tool, by helping users keep track of their personal contact information in Search and alerting them when the system finds it.

See also: Google to delete inactive accounts after 2 years

Other Google updates giving users more control

Earlier this year, Google announced a new safeguard that helps protect users and their families from inadvertently encountering explicit imagery on Search. With this update, explicit imagery — such as adult or graphic violent content — will now be blurred by default when it appears in Search results.

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The new SafeSearch blurring setting is rolling out for all users globally this month. Users can adjust their settings and turn them off at any time unless a guardian or school network administrator has locked the setting. 

The company is also making it easier to find parental controls directly in Search. To do that, users just need to type in a relevant query like “Google parental controls” or “Google family link” and they will see a box with information on how to manage their parental controls.  

Updated policies on personal explicit images

While Google has always maintained policies that enable you to remove non-consensual explicit imagery from Search, the company says it is building on these protections to enable people to remove from Search any of their personal, explicit images that they no longer wish to be visible in Search. 

For example, if you created and uploaded explicit content to a website, and then deleted it, you can request its removal from Search if it’s being published elsewhere without approval. This policy doesn’t apply to content you are currently commercializing. 

“More broadly, whether it’s for websites containing personal information, explicit imagery or any other removal requests, we have updated and simplified the forms you use to submit requests. Of course, removing content from Google Search does not remove it from the web or other search engines, but we hope these changes give you more control over private information appearing in Google Search,” it said.


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