Google has new options for keeping your personal information private from online searches.
Have you ever looked yourself up on Google and find out that your phone number email and address is visible to the entire world. The fact that your personal information is out there on the World Wide Web means cyberstalkers and others can you that information to either commit crimes, like impersonation or steal your identity.
Now Google has stepped up the plate to help keep your personal information private from online searches. Google will now allow its users to request more types of the content such as your personal contact information email physical addresses be removed from search results.
Google said, “That open access to information is vital, “but so is empowering people with the tools they need to protect themselves and keep their sensitive, personally identifiable information private.”
Google did allow previously for a user to have identifying information removed from the search engine, If the content was extremely personal. Google also said in a statement, “It’s important to remember that removing content from Google Search won’t remove it from the internet, which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly, if you’re comfortable doing so.”
However, Google said, “It will study all the content on the web page to avoid limiting availability of useful information or of content on the public record on government or other official websites.
The questions is, should the information that the government has on us be public information on the internet? Anyone can look up voter registration records online to reveal a person’s political affiliation, address, and other information. Many years ago people could get your information from your license plate. The DMV has since changed that at the information is not available to the public.