The “Results about you” section of the Google application will allow you to easily request the deletion of information

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At last year’s I/O Developer Conference, Google revealed that it would give users new and improved tools to manage their own information and how the company itself uses it. Much of this has grown out of pressure from Congress over the past few years. Either way, it’s only good for the end user, and now we have more options than ever to tell Google what data it can and can’t use.

With that, a new “Results about you” section appears in the official Google app for some (first noticed by 9to5Google). This is tested and deployed with the aim of allowing you to see what information about you appears in Google search results and to quickly and easily request its removal from indexing.

Source: 9to5Google

Of course, Google is just an aggregation tool, and the company’s mission statement to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” is just that. This means that the search results about you probably do not belong to Google, and while you can request that they be removed from the results, this does not mean that this information is removed from the Internet as a whole.

To do this, you will always have to contact the owner of the website and ask them to delete your data. It always has been, but now (or soon) you should be able to tap your profile picture in the top right of the Google app, choose “Results About You”, and easily see all the data touchpoints you you can interact with. This is simply to eliminate all the manual searches and “Googling yourself” that people tend to normally do when looking to delete data.

What makes Google’s tool unique is that all the requests you make will allow you to choose between several options (such as if the information is too personal, harmful to you, outdated or illegal, among others) and then to follow the indemnity removal process. Having a way to do all of this directly from the Google app is a nice addition, but don’t forget that you can also do the exact same thing from using Google Web Search!

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