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You can remove your phone number, email and other private details from Google search results pages.
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Google dominates global search, serving up results for a whopping 3.8 million searches every minute. With our private data scattered all over the internet, it’s probably inevitable that some personal information will end up in Google search results.
Because of this, Google has a process that lets individuals request that certain search results be removed. In April, the company added new categories of information that could be removed on request, including phone numbers and physical addresses.
“The availability of personal contact information online can be jarring — and it can be used in harmful ways, including for unwanted direct contact or even physical harm,” Google’s global policy lead for search, Michelle Chang, wrote in an April 27 blog post.
Read on to learn the types of personal information Google will remove from search results when asked and how you can make such requests yourself.

For more, learn how to delete your embarrassing Google search history in two steps, discover six Google Maps tricks you might not know about and find out why Google is letting users hide certain ads.
In limited circumstances, Google will approve requests to take down search results that reveal an individual’s personal details. The categories of content include:
Getting search links taken down isn’t automatic. In general, you have to file a request and include the URLs of pages hosting your information, as well as search pages that surface those links. 
You may also need to include screenshots of the information in question.
Google will then evaluate your request, taking into account if the removal would limit access to publicly available information or if it’s “broadly useful,” like a news article.
“In such cases, we won’t make removals,” Chang said. 
You’ll get a notification of any action taken. Depending on the content and context, Google may remove the links from all search results, or just results that include your name.

More details on the process can be found on the Google Support Site.
No. Even if Google agrees to remove search results leading to your information, the info is still on the internet. You can still find it directly on the website or through social media, other search engines or other means. This will only affect what’s available on Google. Google suggests contacting the webmaster responsible for the page to request the content be removed.
Google Search isn’t the only place your personal data lives. Google tracks the videos you watch on YouTube, the routes you take on Google Maps and even the searches you conduct yourself.
For greater privacy, learn how to automatically delete your activity history, stop Google from tracking you and how to delete your search history.
 

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