Today, Google is announcing some important new privacy tools in Google Search. These features will help you stay in control of your personal information, privacy and online safety.
New Google Privacy Tools
An easier way to find and remove results about you
Google is helping you keep track of your personal contact information in Search and alerting you when they find it. This is so you can get it removed. In the coming days, they note that they will be rolling out a new dashboard to let you know if web results with your contact information are showing up on Search.
Then, you can quickly request the removal of those results from Google — right in the tool. The tool will also notify you when new results from the web containing your contact info pop up in Search. You can access this tool in the Google app by
- clicking on your Google account photo
- selecting “Results about you”,
- Or just visit this website.
This tool is available in the U.S. in English to start, and they are working to bring it to new languages and locations soon.
More control for your family: blurred graphic content
With this update, adult or graphic violent content will be blurred by default when it appears in Search results. Google says the new SafeSearch blurring setting is rolling out for all users globally this month.
You can adjust your settings and turn it off at any time unless a guardian or school network administrator has locked the setting. They are also making it easier to find parental controls directly in Search.
Just type in a relevant query like “google parental controls” or “google family link” and you will see a box with information on how to manage your parental controls.
Request Removal of Explicit Content
Probably the best news of the bunch for most, if you created and uploaded explicit content to a website, then deleted it, you can request its removal from Search. This is if it’s being published elsewhere without approval.
This policy doesn’t apply to content you are currently commercializing. More broadly, whether it’s for websites containing personal information, explicit imagery or any other removal requests, we’ve updated and simplified the forms you use to submit requests.
Of course, removing content from Google Search does not remove it from the web or other search engines. However, Google hopes these changes give you more control over private information appearing in Google Search.