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Google will alert you if your personal information is leaked

Google will alert you if your personal information is leaked. digital trends spanish

Google has just announced the expansion of its next privacy tools, Created to keep your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from being too easy to find, the “Results About You” tool was first announced in May 2022. It will soon be rolling out to a wider audience, and once it is available, you can easily request the deletion of your personal data.

Now, in Search 22, Google shared that it will be expanding the tool with an additional useful feature: the ability to set up alerts when your PII appears on the web.

Most of us have Googled our name at some point, if only out of curiosity. Sometimes these searches can provide unwanted results. If you have searched Google yourself and found that your personal information has been shared without your consent, you can ask Google to remove it. Previously, this primarily included banking information and credit card numbers, but earlier this year, Google expanded that set.

Now, if you find your physical address, phone number, and/or email address online, you can ask Google to take care of you and remove it. However, with the introduction of the new “About You Results” privacy tool, doing so will become even easier. All you have to do is click on the three dots next to the search result, request deletion, and then monitor the status of your request.

During Search 22, Google announced that the feature would soon start rolling out to users in the United States using the English search engine, with a global rollout to (likely) follow later. Google has also revealed that it is taking privacy protection a step further by expanding the tool.

Beginning in 2023, you will be able to set up alerts about your personal information appearing in search results. If a new entry appears with any of your PII, Google will notify you so that you can request removal as soon as possible. While this does not remove data from the actual website it appeared on, it will go a step further to ensure that it is harder to find.

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