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Google tests feature to let users to clean personal info from searches

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Google is piloting a latest privacy feature that allows users to clean their personal information from web searches. 

The brand new “remove result button,” which appeared this week for a handful of Google app owners across the US and Europe, enables users to request that pages containing their phone numbers, home addresses, or email addresses be faraway from appearing in searches. 

Users can also request the removal of results containing their social security numbers, checking account and credit-card numbers, and medical records. Users also may remove information that’s “outdated” or “illegal.”

“It’s a approach to provide help to easily control whether your personally identifiable information will be present in Search results,” Google said in an announcement.

Google stressed that the tool is designed only to permit users to raised control the accessibility of their most personal information, and never to censor more general web content. 

“It’s vital to notice that once we receive removal requests, we are going to evaluate all content on the internet page to be certain that we’re not limiting the provision of other information that’s broadly useful, as an example in news articles,” a Google statement said. 

“And in fact, removing contact information from Google Search doesn’t remove it from the net, which is why it’s possible you’ll want to contact the hosting site directly, when you’re comfortable doing so.” 

The tool is in trial and has not yet been rolled out across the whole Google platform. The tech giant first announced the trial in May, telling its annual I/O tech conference that it expected to roll out the thought in the approaching months. 

Those with access to the brand new feature can click the three-dot menu in the highest right of the google app screen after they come across a result containing their personal information. Clicking the “about this result” option will then reveal a “remove result” button.

Once users submit a removal request, they will monitor its progress as either “in progress” or “approved”. 

Those that don’t have access to the tool yet can use Google’s anti-doxxing, content removal request form, which Google is looking to interchange with the brand new tool.

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