Have you ever done an internet search on yourself?
Doing a search on myself got me wondering How to Get Your Information Removed from Google.
How to Get Your Information Removed from Google
Even though we all seem to love the internet, there is something that we may not love so much about it.
Information that we may deem as ‘personal’ or information that we may not want the world to know about can show up in a search.
What is personal to us, may not be so personal on the internet.
It is hard to get information taken down and corrected sometimes once it is out there. It may also seem like nothing is hidden once it gets out there. The internet is an open-world that is really open to the open-world.
We commonly find out that there is something out there when we do an internet search.
Google, for example, is usually the first place that we will conduct that internet search. The results that we will get may direct us to a page or a site with our name or likeness on it. People will click on the link from those Google search results to get us to that site or page. Combating that google search result may be one way to get those results minimized.
Google says that there are some things that they will remove from the internet.
This is how How to Get Your Information Removed from Google
Google says that you can ask Google to remove your sensitive personal information, like your bank account number, or an image of your handwritten signature, or a nude or sexually explicit image or video of you that’s been shared without your consent, from Google search results.
What Google will remove-
Google says that they “want to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible, but there are a few instances where we will remove content from Search.”
Legal Removals- Google says that they will remove content from our search results if it includes:
- Child sexual abuse imagery
- Google will also remove content in response to valid legal requests, such as copyright notifications that meet the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Information Google may remove
- National identification numbers like U.S. Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Físicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card, etc.
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Images of signatures
- Nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent
- Information we usually don’t remove
- Date of birth
- Telephone numbers
How does Google decide on what to remove?
According to Google, this is how they decide if personal information should be removed.
To decide if a piece of personal information creates significant risks of identity theft, financial fraud, or other specific harms, Google will ask:
- Is it a government-issued identification number?
- Is it confidential, or is it publicly available information?
- Can it be used for common financial transactions?
- Can it be used to obtain more information about an individual that would result in financial harm or identity theft?
- Is it a personally identifiable nude or sexually explicit photo or video shared without consent?
- We apply this policy on a case-by-case basis. If we believe that a removal request is being used to try and remove other, non-personal information from search results, we will deny the request.
Google says that they will usually not remove information that can be found on official government websites because the information is publicly available.
What do you do if the Google Search Result leads you to a site or webpage?
Obviously, Google has no control over what a webmaster, blogger, etc posts on the internet. Google suggest that if you want to remove a photo, profile link, or webpage from Google Search results, you usually need to ask the website owner (webmaster) to remove the information.
Why contact the webmaster?
Because even if Google deletes the site or image from our search results, the webpage still exists and can be found through the URL to the site, social media sharing, or other search engines. This is why your best option is to contact the webmaster, who can remove the page entirely.
If a photo or information shows up in Google search results, it just means that the information exists on the Internet and it doesn’t mean that Google endorses it.
Here is how to get more help from Google:
- To request to have personal information removed from Google Search results, use the remove information from Google page.
- If you have information you’d like removed for legal reasons, use the legal removals page instead.
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