Google released new privacy tools to make users feel better about their privacy. These tools let users watch and delete search results about themselves. Such as false information, unwanted contact information, or copyright violations.
Google’s new tool will put search results about a user on a personal dashboard. So the user can keep track, and get informed when new information comes up on the search. And ask that results be taken down.
The company said that it is now easier to get rid of personal information when it is false, when it isn’t needed (like an address or phone number), or when it violates copyright laws.
Users can ask Google to take down content from the search results if they find it to be false or insulting in other ways.
Google also said today that it will add a new tool that will let parents hide explicit pictures from their kids’ search results.
The new tool, which is only available in the U.S. and in English for now, doesn’t actually delete the information from the internet. It just stops it from coming up in search results. Google told users that if a website shared information about them that they didn’t want to be there. They should contact that website and ask them to take it down.
Americans are getting more and more worried about what big tech companies do with their personal data. A 2019 Pew Research study found that more than 80% of Americans said the possible risks they face. Because companies collect their data, outweighs the benefits they get from signing up on different platforms.
In the past few years, worries about certain sites have only grown: A recent Pew study found that by May 2023. Most Americans saw TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, as a threat to U.S. national security. TikTok spied on a Forbes reporter’s location last October. Since then, Forbes has revealed that some American TokTok creators’ user data was stored in China. Which is different from what CEO Shou Zi Chew said under oath to the U.S. Congress.
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