The issue of privacy and lack of protection of personal information are issues that every single person using the digital sphere has to deal with.
The recent increase in hacking cases and how extremely easy it is for unsavoury groups to get their hands on very sensitive and personal information of people and use it for the wrong means has led to a lot of people trying to protect their information as much as they can.
Of course, this is not entirely possible with a majority using platforms like Google, which records and keeps information of its users, this stands true for almost every digital platform, but the sheer magnitude of Google and its user base is cause for concern.
This could perhaps be why Google had introduced back in May during the /O 2022 event something called the ‘Results about you’ safety tool. But what is it?
The Google Safety Tool
The “Results about you” or ‘Remove Result’ safety tool is basically a way for users to look up search results on the search engine and remove the ones that contain personal information about them. This can include but is not limited to:
- phone numbers,
- home addresses,
- email addresses,
- social security numbers,
- bank account numbers,
- credit card numbers,
- medical records
This week the tool was officially rolled out in the Europe and the U.S. and is currently limited only to Android users for the time being. Perhaps Google would extend it to the desktop version and other countries in some time.
As per reports, users can also send a request to Google that information that is illegal or outdated be removed, however, this would be more up to the company’s discretion.
Google did comment that not all removal requests would be granted, saying “It’s important to note that when we receive removal requests, we will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we’re not limiting the availability of other information that is broadly useful, for instance in news articles.
And of course, removing contact information from Google Search doesn’t remove it from the web, which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly, if you’re comfortable doing so.”
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