Process to remove personal data from the Google Search Engine

Many might have been thinking of getting their personal information removed from the Google Search Engine. And most of you might not know the exact process of getting the data scrubbed from the internet…hmmm from Google Search on a specific note!

Unlike previously, Google has now made it easy for online users to remove their data on a personal note. Especially, phone numbers, bank account details, credit card details, identifiable images, medical records, email addresses, home addresses, and personal photos.

All you need to do is to ask the internet juggernaut to act on the privacy of users by removing the web pages that contain the personal information of online users.

It can be photos, content posted by girlfriends or boyfriends, business rivals, political rivals, and those in entangled relationships.

Technically, Google calls personally identifiable info as Doxing Content and is offering a support page where all you need to do is just fill in some data and then request for the removal of the info from Google Search.

Once you feed in such info, the user will be an automated email confirmation about the submission, and the web search giant will review the request. And if Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary has some doubts about the info, it requests the user and then asks for a re-submission of the request with the required details.

If Google finds the info in terms of privacy breach, it pulls down that detail and informs the user.

It is like a DMCA complaint raise and is applicable only to content removal from live websites. For cached pages, the process is similar, but from a different support page.

Remember, one can only raise a complaint against themselves or the person whom they represent as their full name, country of residence, and email IDs are collected.

As a part of this project, the web search giant will allow the user to file a request against an URL that is hosting text or image and will also entertain up to 1000 links as a part of a single request.

But what if the URL is scrubbed once, and it reappears again after some days on another URL? The women folk and some celebrities like Amber Heard face such a situation- especially after her defamation scandal of $10 million with Actor Johnny Depp.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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