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Google will remove addresses and phone numbers from searches

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(ANSA) – MILAN, APRIL 29 – No more private addresses and personal telephone numbers in Google results if the rightful owner is against. The American giant announced that it has extended the possibility of requiring sensitive data to be obscured by search links. A clear change towards greater transparency, as it was previously possible to ask Big G to remove information only if it could represent a risk of identity or money theft. By extending the concept of protection also to physical contexts, not just digital, Google has decided to include government identification numbers, such as the US social security number and the tax code, bank account numbers and cards in the list of contents that can be removed. credit cards, images of identity documents and handwritten signatures, medical records, physical addresses, telephone and email numbers, confidential login credentials, personal non-consensual personal images, pornographic deepfake videos or computer-modified images.

To ask the security team to remove the information, you will need to provide Google with a list of web addresses that point to your personal data and the search pages that lead to those links. Google will evaluate the application while continuing to “preserve access to information considered to be of public interest, professionally relevant or of governmental origin”. Even if the request is accepted, the data will be excluded from the search results but will always be visible on the original site that hosts them. (HANDLE).

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