Don't Want Your Social Security Number or Identity Card Number On Google?

Aug 31, 2009 • 8:13 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

This might be clearly obvious to 99.999% of you out there, but there are some of you who don't get it. If you do not want your personal information found in Google, then don't post that information on the Internet. I cannot tell you how many times I see people complaining in the various forums, as well in the comments here, that they do not want Google to list such information about them in the search results.

The issue is, they go ahead and list out their social security numbers, ID numbers and other sensitive information in the post itself. Case in point, a Google Web Search Help thread has one such person listing his identity card number in the forums, asking Google to remove that number from their search results. Guess what, now that ID number is not just listed on a geocities domain, but now on a google domain. Yea, good going!

Anyway, if you are in a jam and need content removed from Google, follow the instructions here and hopefully you will be okay. But do not, I repeat, do not, list what you want removed in a public forum.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

JimMoz

08/31/2009 12:45 pm

LOL. I see people doing that all the time as well. It's funny how people just post their personal information on the web thinking it'll be "ok".

Adam

08/31/2009 09:01 pm

What I see happen in this situation is that you have a newbie who thinks a comment box is like a "live help" box & they think there is another person waiting on the other side to receive the message, never understanding that they are simply posting their personal info for all to see. I go through comments on our site every day removing people's phone numbers, account numbers, etc., because they got confused.

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