How would you like to remove some of your personally identifiable information (PII) and contact information from Google search results? In May, at Google I/O, the company announced its new “Results About You” tool that could be used to remove personal information such as your address, phone number and email address from search results. And this tool is now being rolled out to some Android users.
Google starts pushing “Results about you” tool that asks for your personal data to be removed from search results
To see if “Results About You” (which sounds like the name of a new sitcom about a Google-like company) has already reached your Android device, open the Google app and tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen. Below the menu that appears, you’ll see an entry for “Results About You” listed as a beta. Tap it and you’ll be sent to a colorful page in blue with the words “Take control of the results over you.”
Google starts publishing privacy-related Results About You tool
Google writes, “Your information is yours to share, or not. We’re here to help you get rid of personal information you see on Google.” Tapping the blue-colored pill-shaped button that says “Learn How” will prompt you to use Google Search to look up your full name (add your hometown if necessary) to see what kind of information Google has about you.
Google has added a warning about how it decides whether or not to comply with your request to remove personal information from search results. The company said: “It is important to note that when we receive takedown requests, we will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we do not limit the availability of other information that is generally useful, for example in news articles.”
“Results About You” is a tool that asks Google to remove your personal information from search results
With “Results About You” you can also check the progress of your active requests to remove personal information from the search and also submit a request to remove even more personal information. Google also asks why you want to remove certain information from Google Search and you can choose from the following prefabricated answers:
- It shows my personal contact details.
- It shows my contact details with the intent to harm me.
- It shows other personal information.
- It contains illegal information.
- It’s outdated.
How does Google determine whether it will delete your Personally Identifiable Information (PII)? The company says it can “remove PII that could potentially create significant risks of identity theft, financial fraud, malicious direct contact, or other specific harm.” In addition, Google states that it tries to keep information if it is considered in the public interest. So information that contains information about you will not be removed from Google Search if it is part of the following:
- Content from or from government and other official sources.
- Newsworthy content.
- Professionally relevant content.