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Remove select personally identifiable info or doxxing content from Google Search

You can request to remove personally identifiable information (PII) from Google Search results. This information includes:

  • Confidential government identification (ID) numbers, like US Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Físicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, or China Resident Identity Card
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Images of handwritten signatures
  • Images of ID docs
  • Highly personal, restricted, and official records, like medical records
  • Personal contact info (physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
  • Confidential login credentials

We may also consider the removal of professional contact info in the context of doxxing. Learn more about the factors we consider when we evaluate for doxxing.

Request to remove select info from Google Search

You or your authorized representative can submit a request to remove links to the content from Google Search results. Any authorized representative must explain how they have the authority to act on your behalf.

Important: We only review the URLs that you or your authorized representative submit in the form.

Start removal request

What happens after you submit the removal request

  1. You get an automated email confirmation. This confirms we received the request.
  2. We review the request. We evaluate each request based on factors including the criteria above. We also evaluate the content for public interest.
  3. We gather more info, if needed. If the request doesn’t have enough information for us to evaluate, like if URLs are missing, we’ll share specific instructions and ask you to resubmit the request.
  4. You get a notification of any action taken:
    • If we find the URLs are within the scope of our policies, the URLs will either be removed for all queries or be removed only from search results in which the query includes the complainant’s name, or other provided identifiers, such as aliases.
    • If the request doesn't meet the requirements for removal, we’ll include a brief explanation. If your request is denied and later you have additional materials to support your case, you can re-submit your request.

Frequently asked questions

Which removal option do I choose?
  1. At the first question, select Content contains your personal information.
  2. Select your country of residence.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select the type of personal info you want to remove:
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Confidential government identification (ID) numbers:
      • Social Security
      • Tax ID number
      • Resident Registration
      • Resident Identity Card number
    • Bank account
    • Credit card number
    • Images of a handwritten signature
    • Images of ID document
    • Highly personal, restricted, and official records:
      • Medical records
    • Confidential login credentials
What factors do we consider when we evaluate each request?

Google may remove PII that has the potential to create significant risks of identity theft, financial fraud, harmful direct contact, or other specific harms. We generally aim to preserve information access if the content is determined to be of public interest. This includes but isn't limited to:

  • Content on or from government and other official sources
  • Newsworthy content
  • Professionally-relevant content
What factors do we consider when we evaluate for doxxing?

In some cases, your contact info, including professional contact info, may appear alongside content that's threatening. We may remove such content under our doxxing policy if it meets both of these requirements:

  • Your contact info is present.
  • There’s the presence of:
    • Explicit or implicit threats, or
    • Explicit or implicit calls to action for others to harm or harass.
What happens to the URLs if they're approved for removal?

When URLs are approved for removal, the result will be one of the following:

  1. The URL will not appear for any Search query. This is typical for content related to confidential IDs, bank accounts, credit card numbers, and similar information.
  2. The URL will not appear for a search query that contains your name, or other such identifier. This can happen when the policy violating information on a page is accompanied by content that is of public interest or has content about other individuals.

When we remove content from Google Search, it may still exist on the web. This means someone might still find the content on the page that hosts it, through social media, on other search engines, or other ways.

The intake form has multiple options for removals. Which option do I choose?

In the section for the type of content you want to remove, select Personal info, like ID numbers. Then select the type of personal info from the following:

  • A confidential government ID number
  • A bank account or credit card number
  • An image of my handwritten signature
  • Highly personal, restricted, and official records
  • Contact information (physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
  • Confidential login credentials
Which URLs do I submit for review?

Submit all the images or web URLs you want us to review for removal from Google Search results.

How do I find the URL of the content I want to report?

To find the URL of the content, search for the page or image you want to report.

Learn how to:

How do I submit more than one URL for review?

Add one URL per line. You can submit up to 1,000 URLs.

Why do you ask for screenshots in the form?

Screenshots of content that’s related to you helps us identify offensive content for removal. An image can have content that’s relevant to multiple individuals.

How do I take a screenshot?

You can take a screenshot on your computer or with your mobile device. You may want to take the screenshot on the same device that you use to submit the form. Edit screenshots you submit to obscure any sexually explicit portions.

Learn how to take a screenshot on your:

Important: Child sexual abuse imagery is illegal and should NOT be shared in this form. Do not take or include screenshots containing child sexual abuse imagery or any content that presents someone under 18 in a sexual way. Learn how to report child sexual abuse imagery.

How do I request removal of content that’s no longer live?

If the content no longer appears on a webpage, but appears in Google Search results or as a cached page, you can request a refresh of outdated content.

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