Google said Thursday that starting early next year, it will notify users if their personal information, such as phone number, email and home address, appears in search results.
The “Results About You” tool will make it easier to request the removal of personal data from Google Search, the company said.
“Beginning next year, you’ll also be able to sign up for alerts when new results with personally identifiable information appear, so you can quickly request their removal from Google Search,” the tech giant said.
In addition to the new tool, takedown requests can be made globally by anyone using the Google Forms system.
This feature has already started appearing for some Search users.
If you use this new tool to find your personal information such as home address, email address, phone number or any other information on Google Search, just click on the three-dot overlay that appears in the upper right corner of each result.
Currently, to remove any Personal Information (PII) you must go to Google’s support page and fill out a form containing the URL you wish to remove from search results.
Removing contact information from Google Search doesn’t remove it from the site, “so you may want to contact the host site directly if you don’t mind.”
Earlier this year, Google updated its policy regarding the removal of personally identifiable information.