Google’s “Findings About You” tool, announced at its annual developer conference earlier this year, is now available to select users, 9to5Google reports.
With this new tool, if you find your personal information like home address, email address, phone number or any other information on Google Search, simply click on the three-dot overflow menu that appears in the upper right corner of every result.
The existing “About this result” panel opens with a new “Remove result” option appearing at the bottom of the screen, the report mentioned.
Currently, to remove any personally identifiable information (PII), you need to go to a Google support page and fill out a form containing the URL you want to remove from the search results.
You can now also track the progress of a removal from aResults about you ‘tool.
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In addition to an “All Requests” feed, you have filters such as “In Progress” and “Approved”.
This page also allows you to make a new request with a walkthrough involving a “Why would you like to remove this result?” take a step.
Google previously said that when it receives takedown requests, “we evaluate all content on the web page to make sure we don’t restrict the availability of other widely useful information, such as in news articles.”
Removing contact information from Google Search does not remove it from the web, “which is why you might want to contact the hosting site directly if you feel comfortable doing so.”
Earlier this year, Google updated its policy on removing personally identifiable information.