Google is expanding the types of personal information users can request to be removed from search results, including phone numbers and email addresses.
The company said it’s updating its policy to allow search users to remove more of their personal information from results.
The new policies now include contact information such as a phone number, email address, or physical address, as well as information that could increase the risk of identity theft, including 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,” Michelle Chang, head of Google’s global search policy, said in a statement. “And people have been telling us that in some cases they would like to be able to remove this type of information from Search.”
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Users you need to send a request for deletion to extract content from search results.
Google said that once it receives requests, it will review them and possibly ask for more information before making a decision.
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