Google tool can change your digital fingerprint

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Whether you stream it or not, everyone has a digital footprint.

Your name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and even what your house looks like from the street. All of this information can be found with a simple Google search. But it deploys an option where you can request that some of this information be deleted.

Announced earlier this year, Google said the tool lets you easily control whether your personally identifiable information can be found in Google search results.

To see your personal information published on websites, search for your name on Google. If you see a site posting your personal information, you can click or tap the three dots, and you should see a prompt to delete the information. The tool has not yet rolled out to everyone.

It doesn’t work on my computer’s Chrome browser, or the Google app for iOS or Android. Google says that when it becomes available, you can request that the website be removed from search results.

This tool is in addition to Google’s attempts to protect the personal information of its users. There are tools to remove your web and tracking information.

And a tool to blur your house on Google Street View. This is a step in the right direction for Google, but since the information will remain online, someone may find your name, address, email address and phone number using another browser. Internet.

Many websites publish information gathered from public records, including past mailing addresses and phone numbers.

If you want this information removed, you will need to ask the website owner.

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