Worried that your personal details have been leaked online? Google’s new tool will help remove them – Technology News, Firstpost

In May of this year, Google, at their annual I/O Developer Conference announced that they will be releasing a new tool to help users in the process of removing search results that displayed their contact details and other personally identifiable information or PII. Google has now launched the service and made it live for its users.

Starting today, users can find a new Results about you menu in the Google app on Android, under the My Profile section. This takes users to a page that explains how they can ask Google to remove search results that contain phone numbers, home addresses, emails, or other personal information.

If a user finds something while browsing, they can click on the three-dot overflow menu that appears in the upper right corner of each result. The existing “About This Finding” panel opens with a new “Delete Finding” option appearing at the bottom of the user’s screen.

After going through this process, users have the ability to monitor the progress of deletion requests. In addition to an “All Requests” feed, users will also have filters such as “In Progress” and “Approved”. This page also allows you to make a new request with a walkthrough that involves a “Why do you want to delete this result?” ” walk.

Users will be able to choose from a variety of options. This includes reporting information that displays personal contact information, posting personal contact information with harmful intent, posting illegal information, or posting outdated and incorrect information.

Google is rolling out the feature

An upcoming feature update will let users “turn on alerts if new results with your contact information appear so you can quickly request them to be removed.” These notifications would arrive early next year. When available, users will be able to receive notifications on new Google search results containing their contact details so that they can act quickly to request its removal, if they wish.

Google says the “Results About You” tool will become available to all English-speaking users in the United States in the coming weeks. The tool will soon be available for users in other countries by the end of the year.

This new tool comes at a time when there has been a lot of discussion about threats associated with the fact, which is a way to threaten or harass someone by revealing their personal information to the public without their permission.

This is often done to silence someone because of their beliefs or opinions and is considered a form of cyberbullying. But unlike traditional online trolling, where bad actors can simply be blocked and reported, doxing can cause real-world damage because people’s home addresses and contact details are exposed.