Google App Permits Removing Personal Information From Search

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Google Permits removing personal information

Removing personal information from Google search results is easier than ever with a mobile app update.

Google rolled out an update to its mobile app that allows people to request the removal of personal information from search results.

This update is an extension of an existing tool intended to make remote application forms more accessible.

Google first released a personal information removal tool in 2020, although you’ll have to work hard to find it because it’s buried at the bottom of the help page.

It was first discovered by 9to5Google who said it was rolling out to some users in the Google Search Android app. If you click on your icon at the top right, a menu will appear. You may see “Results about you” in the menu.

Google is now rolling out the ability to access forms in its mobile app. You can access the form from your profile menu or from the search results page.

How To Remove Personal Information From Search Results Using Google Apps

If you find a page in the search results that contains personal information, you can tap the three-dot menu icon and go to the “About this result” section.

Click “Remove Results” and Google will direct you to a removal request form. The form asks you to provide additional information so that Google understands why the page should be removed from the index.

You can do this form also by tapping on your profile picture and selecting “Results about you”.

With Google’s data removal tool, you can request a de-indexing of pages that contain:

  • Government confidential identification number (ID number), e.g. US Social Security Number
  • Bank account number
  • credit card number
  • Handwritten signature image
  • Image of identity document
  • Very private, limited and official records, such as Medical Records
  • Personal contact information such as postal address, email address, and phone number etc.
  • Secret Credentials

Google will email you to confirm receipt of the request and notify you of any action taken.

Google only rejects requests if the information appears on pages it deems to be of general use, such as news articles

Information in public registers, such as government websites, will also not be deleted.

Availability

The ability to request deletion of personal data via the Google app is currently rolling out in beta for Android users.

If you don’t see an option in the Google app, you can always access the request form from the dedicated help page.


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