Google recently announced that for keeping their users’ personal information safe they are taking a very important step. According to Google, they will be removing personal information of the user such as phone number and address from the search results. Before this feature, almost all the personal details of the users were visible thus letting the fraudsters steal their identity or money and misuse them accordingly.
But now the users can secure their profile by asking Google to stop showing such URLs that show any of your personal information that could lead anyone to your bank account or house. In a blog post, Google also said that they are giving people new options just because,
the internet is always evolving” and its search engine giving out your phone number or home address can be both jarring and dangerous.
Although Google already provided this feature earlier also where people were allowed to request the removal of their sensitive information so as to save themselves from any kind of fraud. Now the company is only expanding this policy where the user can request for removing their additional information like email address, address, and phone number from the site as well as search results.
According to the blog post by Google,
the policy also allows for the removal of additional information that may pose a risk for identify theft, such as confidential log-in credentials, when it appears in the search results.”
Google updated the audience regarding this policy by announcing the same on Twitter and the tweet read,
So how will the process of removal of personal information from search results work?
As per the blog post shared by Google the company when receiving any request by the user for the removal of personal information, they do check and evaluate the content present on the web page properly and also make sure that none of the information there is hampered. After that Google imperatively checks that the details which are being asked to remove are not part of any government records or official sources and if it is the part of any such source, then the removal is not done.
However, most people think that if the information is removed from Google then everything is safe, but things do not work like that and the information is likely to be present on the internet. Therefore, it is important that you always check the information that you are uploading on the internet as any information can be misused. Also, in addition to this new update, a new policy has been rolled out by the company that people who are under 18 should remove their images from the Google search results for safety purposes.
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