Google has started adding a tool in some countries that makes it easier to remove search results that contain address, phone number, and other personal information. The company first introduced the “Results About You” feature at I/O 2022 in May, describing it as a way to “help you easily control whether your personal information can be found in search results,” reports Engadget.
If you see a result with your phone number, home address or email, you can click on the three-dot menu at the top right. That opens the usual “About this result” panel. It now contains a new “Remove result” option at the bottom of the screen.
If the result contains any of the above data, Google can “consider your query faster.” You can then monitor the request in a new menu item in the Google app called “Results about you,” available by tapping your user profile at the top right. You can then monitor the progress of requests via filters “All requests,” “In progress” and “Approved.”
However, Google has previously stated that not all requests may be granted:
“It’s important to note that when we receive removal requests, we will evaluate all content on the web page to ensure that we’re not limiting the availability of other information that is broadly useful, for instance in news articles.”
The new feature is only available to a limited number of users in the US and Europe, so for now users can remove other personal Google search information by making a separate removal request, read more about this on the support page of the company.