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Google committed to removing your contacts from Search

Google has rolled out a new tool designed to request the removal of search results containing your phone number, home or email address.

"At Google, we strongly believe in open access to information, and we also have a deep commitment to protecting people — and their privacy — online. These changes are significant steps to help you manage your online presence — and we want to make sure it's as easy as possible for you to be in control," Google said.

With the "Results about you" tool, you'll be able to request the removal of your contact details from Search with a few clicks. You'll also be able to make removal requests by going to the three dots next to individual Google Search results.

However, search results will not be automatically removed – Google said it would evaluate the content to ensure it wasn't limiting the availability of broadly useful information, for instance, in news articles.

"Removing contact information from Google Search doesn't remove it from the web, which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly if you're comfortable doing so," Google noted.

You'll also be able to monitor new search results about you. Starting next year, you'll be able to opt into alerts with new results with your contact information and quickly request their removal from Search.

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