Google’s search results frequently contain user personal data like name, address, phone number, and email address. Google is working on a new tool that will help users safeguard their privacy and make it harder for other people to find their personal information online.
How does the feature work?
Users can access the “Results About You” tab in their Google Account to make use of the new functionality. There, users may update their personal data and select whether to receive push notifications or emails anytime Google locates it in search results.
Google will search the internet for a user’s personal information on a regular basis if they have enabled the function. Google will notify the user if any results are found that match the user’s information. After that, the user has the option to either keep the result in the search results or have Google remove it.
There are several ways in which Google’s new feature differs from its current (also new) “Remove this result” tool. The new feature is proactive, to start. When it discovers the user’s personal information, it automatically looks for it and notifies them. In contrast, users must actively submit a request using the “Remove this result” option in order to have a specific result removed.
The fresh feature set is also more extensive. More personal data, such as phone numbers and email addresses, can be detected by it. Currently, names and addresses are the only kind of personal information that the “Remove this result” function can identify.
The latest tool from Google is a useful addition to its collection of privacy tools. Users have more control over their personal data, and it becomes harder for outsiders to find it online.
How can I activate this feature?
Here’s a step-by-step guide for turning on the new feature:
- Navigate to your Google Account’s “Results About You” page.
- Select the “Get started” button.
- Fill in your contact information, such as your name, address, phone number, and email address.
- Select whether you want to get notifications via email or push notifications.
- Select the “Next” option.
- After reviewing your information, click the “Confirm” button.
Google will begin searching the web for your personal information once you enable the option. You’ll be notified anytime Google discovers a result that meets your criteria. The feature is currently being sent out to select adult users in the United States, with a global rollout approaching.