Google is expanding its policy on deleting personal data

Internet users can therefore submit a request to Google, but under certain conditions: the person must be the victim of threats or harassment in connection with the data disclosed online.

It’s already been possible to ask Google to remove a credit card number, a medical record, or even a social security number from its search results pages under the same conditions. The list of requests accepted by the web giant has therefore been expanded to include phone numbers, email addresses and postal addresses.

The aim is to reduce the risk of harassment, particularly in connection with the disclosure of confidential data by malicious individuals (doxx).

The disclosure of personal information on the Internet, better known as doxxis the public disclosure of someone’s email address, home address, or phone number with intent to harm or harass them.

The internet is evolving – information can appear in unexpected places, with new ways to use it – according to our privacy policy [des utilisateurs et utilisatrices] also needs to evolvesaid Michelle Chang, head of global policy at Google Search.

The latter clarified that the evaluation of the pages brought to Google’s attention was not aimed at hiding press articles that could, for example, contain postal addresses of public interest.

We will also check whether such content appears in public documents, government sites, or other official sources. In this case we will not carry out the revocation. »

A quote from Michelle Chang, Head of Global Policy on Google Search

In an interview with Reuters news agency, Michelle Chang stated that 13% of delisting requests are successful, a statistic she wants inflated. She also clarified that complaints are reviewed within a few days.

Submitting a request to Google is a first step in deleting personal data, but it’s not the end, as the information may remain accessible on other search engines. Michelle Chang encourages Internet users to contact the website hosting the pages disclosing confidential information directly.

To submit a delisting request to Google, visit the Search Engine Help Center website (New window).

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