In today's digital age, personal data often finds its way onto Google's search results for various reasons. But not all these reasons are positive. Imagine being a journalist who wants to maintain a searchable profile while keeping personal information private. Certain data like phone numbers, addresses, and even sensitive images that people absolutely don't want on Google can cause concerns. To address this, Google introduced the "Results About You" tool last year.
What Google's Results About You Tool Offers Imagine having your phone number, home address, or sensitive images unexpectedly cropping up on Google's search results. The Results About You tool is your answer to preventing such unwelcome appearances. It facilitates the process of requesting the removal of search results that contain your personal contact details. And the good news? Google has recently enhanced the tool to make it even more user-friendly and efficient.
In a blog post, Google announced these notable improvements: a brand-new dashboard that notifies you if search results display your contact information, providing a swift option to remove unwanted results right from the tool. Additionally, Google now takes proactive steps by alerting you when fresh search results containing your contact details emerge, akin to how Google Alerts function using keywords.
Simplicity in Action: How to Use Google's Results About You Tool Engaging with Google's Results About You tool is refreshingly straightforward. While Google recommends using its app, if safeguarding your privacy is a priority, accessing the tool online is your go-to choice. A quick visit to goo.gle/resultsaboutyou lets you conveniently navigate the tool's features.
Should you opt to utilize the Google app, accessing the tool involves a few simple steps: click on your Google account photo, select "Results about you," and follow the prompts that appear.
Future Horizons and Further Enhancements While initially accessible in the U.S., Google is actively working on expanding the availability of the Results About You tool to encompass a wider range of languages and geographical locations, ensuring a global outreach.
It's also noteworthy that Google's quest for privacy doesn't stop here. This effort is part of a broader initiative to bolster user privacy. For instance, Google has introduced the SafeSearch blurring feature, which automatically obscures explicit imagery like adult content or graphic violence in search results.
Your Digital Identity, Your Control Remember, Google Search shows information gathered from websites across the web. The best way to remove information about yourself in Google’s search results is to contact the website owner who published the information. Click here to learn how to contact a website owner.
If the website owner removes the information, Google won’t find it to list in search results. If the website owner has removed the information, it will eventually be removed from Google Search as part of our regular updating process. To speed up the process of removing it from Google Search, use the Outdated Content Removal tool.
In conclusion, the Google's Results About You tool serves as your ally in shaping your digital identity. By leveraging its features, you regain control over your personal information, fostering a more secure and tailored online presence.