Google users can now Ask for the Removal of their Data from the Search results

Google now allows users to request the removal of their personal data and contact details from search results. 

The search engine giant under its new policy rule said people can request the removal of personal contact information, such as a phone number, email address or physical address. 

Michelle Chang, Google’s global policy lead for search, in a blog post said, “The availability of personal contact information online can be jarring and it can be used in harmful ways, including for unwanted direct contact or even physical harm.”

“And people have given us feedback that they would like the ability to remove this type of information from Search in some cases.” 

How does it work and what’s the process to launch a complaint? 

As part of the removal process, you need to submit all the web and image URLs that you want Google to review for removal. 

For Google to consider the content for removal, it must include your contact info and there must be the presence of “explicit or implicit threats” or “explicit or implicit calls to action for others to harm or harass.”

Once you submit a removal request, you will get an automated email confirmation. Google will then review your request and may ask for additional information in some cases if the request doesn’t have enough information for the company to evaluate it. 

If the submitted URLs are found to be within the scope of Google’s policy, the company will take action. If the request doesn’t meet Google’s requirements for removal, the company will give you a brief explanation detailing why your request was denied.

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