Google has taken significant strides in simplifying the task of locating and erasing your contact details from its search outcomes. The company will now send you notifications whenever it detects your address, phone number, or email online. These notifications allow you to scrutinize and request the removal of such information from the Search.
All of this takes place through Google’s “results about you” dashboard, accessible on both mobile and web platforms.
This dashboard was initially introduced in the preceding September. With the latest update, you can effortlessly discover your information on Google without the need to perform a manual search.
Once you input your personal details, the dashboard automatically fetches websites containing matching data, enabling you to review each webpage where it appears. Subsequently, you can submit a request to have it removed.
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This represents a significant enhancement since Google used to mandate that you search for your own personal data and then request its elimination manually.
If you harbor concerns about the future display of your information on Google, you can activate push notifications that will promptly alert you to any new results that emerge—this feature was initially announced last year.
Additionally, you can monitor your requests from Google’s hub, which displays the status of your pending, approved, denied, and undone requests.
It is essential to acknowledge that removing your information from Google does not equate to its complete eradication from the web. In case someone stumbles upon the webpage containing your data, they can still access it.
Furthermore, Google imposes some restrictions on the types of search results it can and cannot eliminate. Notably, it refrains from acting on results from governmental or educational institutions.
In any case, this update expedites the process of locating and purging your personal information from Google, which holds particular importance if you’ve become a victim of doxxing. Presently, this feature is being rolled out in the United States in the English language, with plans to expand its availability to other countries and languages in the near future.