Google is rolling out an update to its mobile app that lets users request removal of personal information from search results.
This update is an extension of an existing tool designed to make the removal request form easier to access.
Google first launched the Personal Information Erasure Tool in 2020, though you’ll have to do your best to find it as it’s buried at the bottom of a help page.
Now, Google is rolling out the ability to access the form in its mobile app. You can access the form from your user profile menu or search results pages.
How to remove personal information from search results with the Google app
If you come across a page in search results that contains personally identifiable information, you can tap the three-dot menu icon and bring up the “About this result” panel.
Click “Remove Result” and Google will take you to the removal request form. The form asks you to provide additional information to help Google understand why you want to remove the page from its index.
You can also access the form by tapping on your profile picture and selecting “Results about you”.
Google’s Information Removal Tool allows you to request the de-indexing of pages containing:
- Confidential government identification (ID) numbers like the US social security number
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Images of handwritten signatures
- Images of identity documents
- Highly personal, restricted, and official records, such as medical records
- Personal contact details (physical addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses)
- Confidential login credentials
Google will send you an email to confirm receipt of the request and notify you of any action taken.
Google will only deny requests when the information appears on a page considered broadly useful, such as a news article.
Information on public records, such as government websites, will also not be deleted.
The ability to request deletion of personal information using the Google app is currently in beta for Android users.
If you don’t see the option in the Google app, you can still access the request form from the corresponding help page.
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