Google added a couple more ways to request personal info private in searches... but seriously - we shouldn't have to request it!

So, this weekend I saw an article about how Google was adding a couple more ways to request keeping  personal info private in searches... things like your social security number, bank account numbers, phone numbers and digital copies of your signature, etc.  

Which is... good.  But hello?  This should NOT be on the world-wide accessible internet to begin with.  

We should not have to request our personal information not be posted for billions of strangers to see.
We should not have request sites to remove it page by page by page (you have to give them the exact and precise url and they will only remove that one.  Nothing else.)
We should not have to pay extra for identity theft protection from companies like Experian and other credit agencies - NOR should they have the right to sell or market information.

Anyway...  here is direct from Googles site on what they will remove and how to request them to do it.



Remove select personally identifiable info (PII) or doxxing content from Google Search

Google may remove personally identifiable information (PII) that has potential to create significant risks of identity theft, financial fraud, harmful direct contact, or other specific harms. This includes doxxing, which is when your contact info is shared in a malicious way. This article is intended to support you through the process to request removal of such content from Google search results.

We evaluate each request based on the criteria listed below, and evaluate the content for public interest. As a result, we may:

  • Remove the provided URL(s) for all queries,
  • Remove the URL(s) for only queries including your name, or
  • In some circumstances, deny your request.


Requirements to remove personally identifiable info

For us to consider the content for removal, it must pertain to the following types of information:

  • Confidential government identification (ID) numbers like U.S. Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas FĂ­sicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card, etc.
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Images of handwritten signatures
  • Images of ID docs
  • Highly personal, restricted, and official records, like medical records
  • Personal contact info (physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
  • Confidential login credentials

Requirements to remove doxxing content

For us to consider the content for removal, it must meet both of these requirements:

  1. Your contact info is present.
  2. There’s the presence of:
    • Explicit or implicit threats, or
    • Explicit or implicit calls to action for others to harm or harass.

Request to remove select personal info from Google Search

You or your authorized representative can submit a request to remove links to the content from Google search results. Any authorized representative will need to explain how they have the authority to act on your behalf.

Important: We only review the URLs that you or your authorized representative submits in the form.

Start removal request