Google has expanded options to keep personal information private from online searches.
The company said Friday that it will allow people to request removal of more types of content such as personal contact information such as phone numbers, emails and physical addresses from search results.
The new policy also allows for other information that could pose a risk of identity theft, such as confidential login information, to be deleted.
The company said in a statement that open access to information is important, “but empowering people with the tools they need to protect themselves and keep personally identifiable information private, Their sensitivity is very important.”
“Privacy and online safety go hand in hand. And when you’re using the Internet, it’s important to control how your sensitive, personally identifiable information can be found,” it said.
Previously, Google Search allowed people to request removal of highly personal content that could cause direct harm. That includes information deleted by the scam and personal details like bank accounts or credit card numbers that could be used for fraud.
But information is increasingly appearing in unexpected places and being used in new ways, so policies need to evolve, the company said.
Publicizing personal contact information online can also pose a threat, and Google said it has also received requests for the option to remove such content.
It says that when it receives such requests, it will research all content on the site to avoid restricting the availability of useful information or content on public records on government or official websites. other consciousness.
“It’s important to remember that removing content from Google Search will not remove it from the internet, which is why you can contact the hosting site directly, if you feel comfortable doing so. so”.