July 1, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google now lets you remove personal contact info from Search results that could be used to dox private citizens.
  • You can remove your email, address, and phone number if you can prove “Explicit or implicit threats” based on this information being public.
  • Publicly posted log-in credentials are now also removable.
  • It already allowed you to remove Search results for SSNs, financial information, and photos of documents.
  • Removing these from Google Search does not remove them from the site itself.

Google used to have a fairly rigid standard for what private citizens could object to in its Search results: credit card numbers, bank account IDs, or photos of your handwritten signatures, for example. Now, it has expanded its list of objectionable personal content so you can better protect yourself from 21st-century threats.

Michelle Chang, Global Policy Lead for Search, detailed in The Keyword how you can now request Google remove “personal contact information like a phone number, email address, or physical address.”