This post was most recently updated on February 19, 2024
The internet makes it harder and harder to maintain privacy.
Thankfully, Google has been taking steps to address this. In 2022, the company launched their “Results about you feature”. This allows users to remove some of their personal information directly through Google. That way, you can keep your private information out of search results.
So, how do you remove your personal information from Google for free? Read on to learn everything you need to know about protecting your information.
Why Remove Your Personal Information From Google?
Websites collect data about you every time you use the internet. Sometimes, that information is incredibly sensitive and highly personal. No matter how well you think you keep your personal information hidden, it might be out there.
Google search results could display your personal information like:
financial information like credit card numbers or banking details
Google knows more about you than you may think. Every time you use a Google product, they collect data about how you use them. This includes browsing history, YouTube history, your location, purchases, Google searches, and more.
Besides that, any information that exists about you online, people can find on Google search results. This means your privacy is always at risk, and most people know this. 92% of Americans have concerns about their online privacy, according toTrustArc.
Studies show that the majority of Americans are concerned about their online privacy.
Companies are not always straightforward about what they do with user data.
According toSurfshark, only about half of users at least somewhat understand how their private data is being used. The vast majority (81%) want to know more about what happens with their data.
Many people don’t fully understand how their personal online data is being used. Most people want to know more about how companies use their data.
If you’re reading this blog, you want to do something to protect your internet privacy. You aren’t the only one – in fact, 85% of global adults want to do more toprotect their online privacy. 55% believe it’s impossible to fully protect their privacy, but there are steps you can take today.
Most people want to do more to protect their online privacy, but around half don’t believe it is possible to fully protect their privacy.
What Google Will Remove:
Google’s personal information removal tool allows you to request the following type of pages that contain:
Social security number
Bank account or credit card numbers
Images of handwritten signatures
Images of identity documents
Highly personal, restricted, and official records, like medical records
Personal contact info (physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
Web pages that include copyrighted material
Sexually explicit images (in certain cases)
If you live in the European Union, you can request to remove results that fall under yourright to be forgotten
What Google Won’t Remove:
Just because something is personal or negative, doesn’t mean Google will always remove it.
Some of your personal information might be part of a public record. Google won’t remove information that is valuable to the public, such as:
Go to Google’s Request a Removal page & select “Content contains your personal information”.
2. Fill out the first few questions about your removal of personal information, financial information, etc.
Select what kind of personal information you want Google to remove from search results.
3. Fill out your contact information, including your email address. Google needs this to confirm your request.
4. Submit information about the content, such as content URL(s), Google SERP URL(s), search terms, screenshots, etc.
5. Click the submit button, and soon you will get an automated email confirmation.
To submit your request, confirm that the information is accurate. Then, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.
Google’s removal request tool allows users to easily remove their personal information from Google search results. By using this process, you can hide your address, emails, phone number, financial information, and identity documents.
However, your information is still out there. In this case, a reputation management company can help with full removal.
William DiAntonio is the Founder & CEO of Reputation911, a reputation management firm he founded in 2010 that has earned the trust of its clients for over a decade by helping individuals, businesses and brands control their online search results.