Google announced This week, he expanded on the types of personal information users can request to be removed from search results. Under the new policy extension, people can request deletion personal contact information, such as a phone number, email address, or physical address. Prior to this expansion, the policy was primarily about information that allowed other people to steal your identity or money, such as banking and credit card details.
The enhanced policy now also allows people to request that additional information be removed from search results that could pose a risk of identity theft, such as sensitive login credentials.
“The availability of personal contact information online can be annoying – and it can be used for harmful purposes, including unwanted direct contact or even physical harm,” said Michelle Chang, head of Google’s global search policy, in her report. Blog post. “And people have been telling us that in some cases they would like to be able to remove this type of information from Search.”
Google says that when it receives a takedown request, it evaluates all content on a web page to make sure it doesn’t limit the availability of other information that is “generally useful,” such as news articles. The company will also check if it is a public record on government websites or official sources as it will not remove the data in those cases. For example, politicians’ phone numbers will not be removed because they are publicly available on government websites.
As part of the removal process, you need to submit all website and image URLs that you want Google to consider for removal. In order for Google to consider content for removal, it must contain your contact information and the presence of “overt or covert threats” or “overt or covert calls to action for others to harm or harass.”
After submitting the deletion request, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. Google will then review your request and may request additional information in some cases if there is not enough information in the request for Google to evaluate. If the submitted URLs are found to be inconsistent with Google’s policies, Google will take action. If the request does not meet Google’s takedown requirements, the company will provide you with a brief explanation of why your request was denied.
Google notes that even if it removes content from search results, the information may still exist on the web, meaning that people can still find information on the page it’s on via social media and other search engines.
The policy expansion comes a few months after Google began to allow persons under 18 years of age or their parents request that their photos be removed from the search results. To do this, users need to indicate that they want Google to remove “pictures of a person who is currently under 18” and provide some personal information, image URLs, and search queries that will display the results.
Google also allows you to submit requests to take down explicit or intimate personal images without consent from Google, as well as forced fake pornography.
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