The internet is a permanent archive; once something posted there, it’s quite difficult to remove it. However, Google made it simpler for individuals to get their personal data remove from Google search results.
For the most part, Google is against a worldwide “right to be forgotten,” a provision of European law that would empower people of the European Union to demand that businesses, including internet giants, erase any information about them. But that hasn’t stopped Google from empowering its customers to control the data the company collects about them and from allowing minors and young people to have their photographs removed from Google’s image search results if they so want.
You can now ask Google to r
emove personally identifying information about you (or someone you represent), such as a phone number, email address, home address, and other sensitive information that could be used to hack into your online accounts, such as login credentials, from its search results. According to Google, this can be useful for people who have been the target of “doxxing,” publishing private information about another person online without their permission and usually with evil intent.
Request that Google removes your information from a personal data search.
Your personal information may appear in Google search results unless you request Google to remove it. Please take a look at what information Google need to remove from your search results before submitting a request to have them removed. Google describes the kind of personal information it will remove from its servers, including social security numbers, bank account details, and photos of identity documents, as well as contact information like phone numbers and email addresses.
As soon as you’re ready, click the Google removal form for search results and select Remove information you see in Google Search, followed by In Google’s search results and on a website. Google will provide instructions if you want to contact the website host; otherwise, you may choose “No, I prefer not to contact the website host” and continue filling out the form.
Specific Search Result personal data
This is the moment at which Google should inquire which specific search results you’d like to eliminated. To select personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, go to the Settings menu and select Personal Info, ID Numbers & Private Documents, followed by the type of information you wish to delete. To proceed, please fill out the form below with your complete name, country of residence, the preferre method of contact email, and a list of websites where you can be reached. The addresses of pirated search results can copied from your browser’s address bar.
In the final information of this form, Google inquires as to whether or not your personal information ” shared with malevolent, threatening, or harassing intent” (or “doxxing”). Select the “Yes” option if this describes your situation.
You will expected to provide all the URLs you used to get your data. That can refer to either the specific URL of the page containing your data or the URLs of the pages that popped up in your Google search. If Google needs more particular requests from you, you should take screenshots of search results and send them. There is a 1,000-website limit per submission.
Check the signature box once you finished.
Remember that requesting that Google remove your information from search results is not a permanent solution. Even though Google’s request function won’t magically make your private data disappear from the sites where it’s store, it will make it harder for people to find it without using Google’s search engine.
Even if you fill out Google’s search removal form, it is no guarantee that they will remove your results. In a statement, Google said it would “review all content on the web page to ensure that we’re not reducing the availability of other information that is broadly beneficial, for example, in news articles.” Google has stated that it will not remove search results if your information is already part of a public record, such as a court filing or a government website.