Remove contact info from Google search

As reported on the BBC Technology pages, individuals can request that Google remove personal information (phone number, email, home address) from Google search results.

Google already allows people to request removal of certain types of sensitive personal data, but this goes a step further.

Google says that when it receives a request it may:

  • Remove the link where the information may be found for all searches
  • Remove link where the information may be found, but only for searches that include your name

See the BBC article for more background and Google’s blog post at which includes the link to start the removal request process.

A number of organisations work in areas where it is important to minimise or remove any internet presence, and this could be another tool to help achieve that.