Google said it was expanding the types of personal information it would exclude from search results to cover things like your body address, phone number, and password. Previously, the feature was mostly covered with information that allowed someone to steal your identity or money – now, you can ask Google to stop showing certain URLs that point to information that could lead someone to your home or give them access to your accounts.
According to blog post, Google gives people new opportunities because “internet is always evolving” and search engine giving you your phone number or home address can be both dangerous and risky. Here is a list of the types of information that Google may remove, with the addition of a new and bolder (h / t to the Wayback Machine for) making the previous list available):
- Confidential government identification numbers such as US Social Security number, Argentine tax-only tax identification number, etc.
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Pictures of handwritten signatures
- Photographs of identity documents
- Very private, limited, and official records, such as medical records (used to read “confidential private health records”)
- Personal contact information (physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
- Password identification
According to a support pageGoogle will also remove items such as “private images you do not agree with”
Creating an application involves giving Google a list of URLs that link to specific information, as well as the search pages that link to those links. After submitting a request, Google will evaluate the FAQ and say it is trying to “protect access to information if the content is determined to be in the public interest,” as in the “good news,” content. “professional-profession,” or from a government. If Google decides to remove the links, it says they will not appear each search queries or that search will not be displayed in your name.
Google seems to be asking for a higher threshold for what constitutes personal identification, making it different from the systems that must be implemented in places like the EU to comply with so-called rights to forget the rules. These rules allow people to see links as undesirable or irrelevant to be reduced, which is not the case here – the rules Google added today only cover links to sensitive information.
It is also clear that Google will explicitly exclude existing pages to sell information to people. If you have ever searched for someone’s phone number, you may have ended up with one of these services, promising to give it to you if you sign up. We have inquired about this from Google and will let you know if we hear back.
Importantly, as Google noted her support page and on its blog site, removing data from Google Search does not delete the Internet. If, for example, you ask Google to delete a forum post with your address on it, anyone who goes to that forum can see it; The post should not be leaked if anyone searches.[your name] home address. “