Google test feature that allows users to remove personal information from search

Google is testing new privacy features that allow users to remove personal information from their web searches.

A new “remove results button”, launched this week for a handful of Google app owners across the US and Europe, allows users to request that pages containing phone numbers, home addresses or email addresses be removed from search. .

Users can also request deletion of results that include social security numbers, bank and credit card numbers, and medical records. Users can also delete information that is “outdated” or “illegal”.

“This is an easy way to control whether or not personally identifiable information can be found in search results,” Google said in a statement.

Google emphasized that this tool is designed to give users greater control over access to most of their personal information and does not censor more general web content.

A Google statement said, “When we receive a removal request, it is important to evaluate all content on a web page to ensure that it does not limit the availability of other widely useful information, such as news articles.” .

“Of course, removing your contact information from Google Search doesn’t remove it from the web, so if you’re comfortable with it, it’s a good idea to contact the hosting site directly.”

This tool is a trial version and has not yet been deployed to the full Google platform. The tech giant announced its first trial in May, saying at its annual I/O tech conference that it expects to launch the idea in the coming months.

Users with access to the new feature can click the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the Google app screen when a result containing personal information is displayed. Click on the “About these results” option and you will see the “Remove results” button.

When a user submits a removal request, the progress can be monitored as “in progress” or “approved”.

Users who do not yet have access to the tool can use Google’s anti-docking, content removal request form.

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