Google expanded options for keeping personal information private from online searches.
Earlier this week, the company revealed that it will remove people’s personal contact information like phone numbers, email and physical addresses from search results.
In a statement, the search giant said open access to information is vital, “but so is empowering people with the tools they need to protect themselves and keep their sensitive, personally identifiable information private.”
“Privacy and online safety go hand in hand. And when you’re using the internet, it’s important to have control over how your sensitive, personally identifiable information can be found,” it added.
Google has recently welcomed the European Union’s new regulations; Digital Services Act (DSA), that will police illegal content on social media giants like Meta’s platforms.
A Google spokesperson said the company welcomes the DSA’s goals but added it wants to work with EU policymakers to “get the remaining technical details right to ensure the law works for everyone.”
“We welcome the DSA’s goals of making the internet even more safe, transparent and accountable while ensuring that European users, creators and businesses continue to benefit from the open web,” the spokesperson told CNBC. “As the law is finalised and implemented, the details will matter.”