Data Removal: Remove Sensitive Information from Google Search Results

Data removal from Google refers to the process of requesting Google to remove certain personal information or content from its search results. This can include sensitive or private details like your email address, phone number, home address, or non-consensual explicit images.

In order to remove sensitive information from Google, it is important to enlist experts such as Reputation Citadel who can assist in your efforts to scrub certain information from Google search results.

We have 15+ years experience in managing Google search results, and we will give you an honest assessment on which of your information can be removed, and how long it may take.

What Can Be Removed From Google Search Results?

In 2024, Google allows users to request the removal of certain types of personal information from its search results, including:

  • Confidential government identification numbers like Social Security numbers
  • Bank account and credit card numbers
  • Images of handwritten signatures
  • Images of identification documents like driver’s licenses
  • Highly personal, restricted, and official records like medical histories
  • Personal contact information like physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses
  • Confidential login credentials
     

Google will evaluate removal requests based on its policies, which aim to balance privacy concerns with preserving access to information that is valuable to the public, such as content from government, educational, or news websites.

If the request meets the criteria, Google will remove the offending search result, though the underlying content may still exist on the original website!

It’s important to note that data removal from Google does not delete the information from the internet entirely – it only removes it from Google’s search index. The content may still be accessible through other search engines or by directly visiting the source website.

How Can You Be Sure Your Data is Removed from Google?

To monitor if your personal information has been removed from Google search results, you can use Google’s “Results about you” tool:

  1. Sign in to your Google account and go to the “Results about you” page at goo.gle/resultsaboutyou.
  2. On the “Results about you” dashboard, you can see all the requests you have submitted to remove personal information from Google search results, including their status (pending, approved, denied).
  3. The dashboard will also alert you if new search results containing your personal information, such as your phone number, email address, or home address, appear online so you can submit a removal request.
  4. To submit a new removal request, simply click on the three-dot menu next to the offending search result and follow the steps to request its removal from Google’s index.
  5. You can track the progress of your removal requests on the dashboard, which will show you which ones have been approved, denied, or are still being reviewed by Google.

 

It’s important to note that removing information from Google’s search results does not delete it from the internet entirely. The underlying content may still be accessible on the original website.

 To fully remove the information, you may need to contact the website owner directly – or in some cases – if the data is a breach of privacy – legal action.

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How Can You Remove Your Data from External Websites?

To remove your personal information from external websites:

  1. Search for your name, email address, phone number, and other personal details online to find where your information is published.
  2. Identify the website owner or operator responsible for publishing your data and contact them directly with a request to remove it.
  3. If the website owner does not respond or refuses to remove the information, you can try to have it removed from Google’s search index using their “Results about you” tool. This will make the information harder to find, even if it still exists on the original website.
  4. For data brokers and people search sites that aggregate and sell your personal details, you’ll need to opt out of their services individually. This process can be time-consuming, but services like Incogni can automate the opt-out process for you.
  5. Be proactive about limiting the personal information you share online going forward, and use privacy-focused tools and settings to minimize your digital footprint.

Removing your data from the internet entirely can be challenging, as information tends to spread quickly online! Another option is reverse SEO – often times it may be easier to bury your Google search results rather than remove them entirely.

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