Google Personal Information Removal
How to Get Google to Remove Content from the Search Results
If you are reading this, you are probably concerned about your privacy due to personal information showing up in Google search results. Or you are dealing with false and damaging information published on the internet. Either way, you are looking for a ways to achieve Google Personal Information Removal.
There are several ways to get Google to remove content. Depending on your case, it might be a matter of submitting the URL to Google, or you might have to go to court.
CONTACT THE WEBMASTER FIRST
Even if you manage Google to delete the site with personal information (or image) from Google search results, the web page still exists. Which means that the content can still be found through the URL to the site, social media sharing, or other search engines. But if the webmaster removes the web page, Google will de-index the content from their search results because the content doesn’t exist anymore.
However, there are some exceptions. If you know the webmaster or author to be a narcissist or in any other way dangerous and vindictive, it might be better to go straight to Google instead. Picking a fight in these cases may only cause more scrutiny and online attacks.
GOOGLE’S CONTENT REMOVAL POLICY
Is sensitive personal information, like your bank account number, signature, sexual images or video material is published on the internet without your consent? You can ask Google to remove this content from the search engine and thus search results.
According to Google’s Removal Policy Google will remove:
- National identification numbers like Social Security Number, Tax Identification Number, Resident Registration Number, Resident Identity Card, etc.
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Images of signatures
- Nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent
Information Google usually doesn’t remove
- Date of birth
- Telephone numbers
REMOVE OUTDATED OR REMOVED CONTENT
If the damaging material is removed or changed, you can tell Google that the content is no longer there or outdated. Submit the URL in webmaster tools to request removal.
When you requested the removal, you can check the status in the same ‘remove outdated content’ page.
RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN IN THE EU
Since 2014, the European Union Court of Justice decided that Google is obliged to remove content in certain cases. “If, following a search made on the basis of a person’s name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject may approach the operator directly,” the judges ruled.
And so, Google is obliged to remove the damaging content from the search engine, according to the ‘Right to be forgotten.’
Google will remove content if they find that the content in question is:
- Hurting your privacy or
- False, defamation
- Not benefiting anyone else
The US, Canada and Australia, unfortunately, don’t enforce the ‘Right to be forgotten.’
USE A COURT ORDER FOR CONTENT REMOVAL
Don’t want to pick a fight with the webmaster or author? Can’t get Google to remove the personal information? The only relief might be through injunctive or declaratory relief.
Try to obtain a court order, declaring that the content infringes your privacy or is false and defaming. Submit this court order to have Google to remove content. Google has to remove the content.
If you go down this road, make sure that Google removes the content from showing up in search results WORLDWIDE.