Many of us can find something on Google we don’t want the whole world to see. Maybe it’s some youthful indiscretion. Maybe it’s an accusation of a crime for which you were found not guilty, or maybe someone has posted photos of you in intimate acts as an act of revenge.
There’s a lot you can do for removing personal info from Google. We’ll go over three simple steps you can take on your own, and then tell you what you need to handle difficult tasks, such as how to remove mugshots from Google.
Remove Sensitive Personal Information
Google is in the business of indexing information. When they find a fact of any kind, even if it’s embarrassing to someone, their inclination is to retain it and make it searchable. But there are certain kinds of facts that you can request to be removed from their search engine.
What kinds of information are considered sensitive, personal, and removable?
Google will remove bank account numbers, credit card information, images of your legal signature, confidential medical records, and sexual images involving nudity that were shared without your permission. they will also remove passport numbers, military service numbers, and Social Security numbers.
They won’t remove numbers that can be found through public records, such as your address, your telephone number, or your date of birth. And if the information about you was released by a government office, it’s probably on Google to stay.
To submit a request for information from Google, go to this page,
Remove Copyrighted Material
Did you know that you have copyrights?
When you write something, it becomes copyrighted to you when it is published (assuming you didn’t write it for someone else). When you take a photograph, you have a right to control where it is shared and to demand payment if someone uses it for their own purposes (not necessarily just for commercial purposes). When you write a letter, the paper you send becomes the property of the recipient, but the words you wrote become your intellectual property. When you post something on social media, you have the legal right to control who shares it.
And any efforts to defeat your rights to your intellectual property become criminal acts under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Of course, all of these rights aren’t any use to you if you can’t enforce them.
Google will remove intellectual property on request if you can show it is yours. You need to tell Google which platform you want the content removed from, as in this screenshot:
Then you have to tell Google how you own the content:
You can also use this page to remove content related to sexual abuse and revenge porn. But you can’t use this tool to remove parodies of your content, commentaries on your content, or things other people post about your content. On the plus side, Google indexes most of the social media sites, so if you can get your copyrighted content removed from Google, it may also disappear from social media.
Removing images from the Internet gets a little trickier. If you took a photo, you can ask Google not to index it, making it much harder to find. But Google can only remove an image from search results. Google can’t remove an image, like a mugshot, from other sites.
To get rid of images like mugshots, you need a service that provides guaranteed removals. You need help that goes beyond Google to remove problem images at the source.