Google is making it easier to remove Google results about you that contain personal identifiable information.
A feature announced back in May at I/O 2022, the new “Results about you” option is starting to roll out to users.
Now, if you’re worried about your info online and come across something that contains personal identifiable information about you, you can open a case much faster.
If you find something in Google search results, simply click the three dot menu in the top-right side of each result. That will open an “About this result” panel which now has a “Remove result” option.
By clicking that, you can make a request for Google to delete your personal data and monitor existing requests much easier.
In the walkthrough that option opens, you can tell Google that a search result shows your personal contact info, shows your info with an intent for you to be harmed (useful for doxxing), shows illegal info or it’s simply outdated, a 9to5Google reported.
When they announced the feature, Google also explained that, while it helps users recover their privacy, the feature isn’t a silver bullet for removing personal info.
“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,” the company stated.