Google is now one of the biggest tech giant companies in the world. Such a big technology company always needs to protect its users from privacy infringement. To ensure this, last year, Google rolled out its Result About You tool. This tool gives your more control over the search results that appear about you on Google. If some of the information makes you uncomfortable then you can get it removed with just a few clicks. Now you can also receive alerts from Google that your personal information is available online. Let’s find out more about this.
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What is the Result About You tool?
To understand more about this new alert feature let us first know what is the Result About You tool. In September 2022, Google rolled out a new tool known as ‘Result About You’ that displays to users the information that appears about them when they search for their name. Users can not only read this information but also request for removal of sensitive information such as address and phone number.
Google’s new alert feature
As if the Result About You tool was not enough, Google went out of the way and introduced a new alert feature. Google will now send notifications to users if it finds your address or phone numbers are available on a web page. This will allow you to review and remove information from the search. This update will now allow you to look at your search result without actually searching manually.
Now once you input your personal information, the dashboard will pull up websites that show your personal information letting you review your website and then request to remove it. You can also enable push notifications that will instantly alert you whenever any information about you surfaces online.
This feature has some limitations as well. Although the information that you manually remove will be removed, it will take some time to be permanently deleted from Google. Also, information about government or educational institutes cannot be erased.
The alert feature has made finding and deleting your information from Google so much easier. You no longer need to find your information manually, Google will do this for you and then alert you to take action against it. However, currently, this feature is available only in the US and will be rolled out in other countries soon.
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