At some point, we’ve all Googled ourselves. Just to check if there’s anything cool or interesting out there about you. Alternatively, to ensure that those college photos of you wearing your largest pair of JNCO pants are genuinely gone.
However, a leak or breach can sometimes expose susceptible personal information online. We’re talking about your personal phone number or email address, physical address, or even credit card information that has been leaked online.
How to remove your personal information from Google searches?
Thankfully, Google has a way to permanently remove that content from its search engine. The company says it will provide a tool to make deleting your data easier in the coming months. But, for the time being, here’s how to persuade Google to remove your personal information from their vast search database.
Google remove your data from search
Because there isn’t an easy way to get your data off of Google, you need to follow these below steps:
Step 1: The first step is to go to Google’s Help Page and search for “Remove select personally identifiable information.”
Step 2: Under the box at the top of the screen that says “Remove select personally identifiable information or doxxing content from…”, hover the cursor on the message and click on it.
Step 3: Click the “Start removal request” button after scrolling down to the “Request to remove select information from Google Search” section.
Step 4: On the following page, you’ll find a series of multiple-choice questions. To begin the content removal procedure, go to the “What do you want to do?” and select “Remove information you see in Google Search.”
“The information I want to remove is” Choose “In Google’s search results and on a website” in the section.
Step 5: If you select “Only in Google’s search results,” the business will assume your content isn’t already on another website and will provide you instructions on how to remove obsolete data from Google search.
“Have you contacted the site’s website owner?” is listed below.
Select the option that best suits your needs. If you haven’t contacted the owner, Google will provide you instructions on how to do so, but it won’t allow you to remove your information from search results.
If you choose that you’ve already contacted the owner or that you don’t want to, you’ll have to choose which information you wish to be removed from Google’s search.
Choose “Personal information, such as ID numbers and private documents” and then decide if you want to delete your contact information, government-issued ID, bank account number, or medical data under the next question.
You’ll have to decide whether the website is still operational and whether the information is utilized to doxx you or distribute your personal information online.
Then, in the dialogue boxes that appear, enter the site’s URL, the search phrases you used to discover it, and a snapshot of the site.
To tell Google that what you’ve entered is correct, click the signature button, then click submit.
After that, Google will assess your submission to see if it should be taken offline. Google will preserve your content available if it is a significant part of the public record. You’re out of luck if you’re a member of Congress who breached the law. Otherwise, the corporation will most likely remove it.