More and more often, users are finding their home phone number and address listed in Google. For example, a search on john doe, ny, ny returns the follow Google Phone Book records at the top of the page:
Google has been displaying phone book records for a long time now, it is nothing new. Also, people tend to blame Google for displaying this information. People, this information is publicly available at many many sites, including Yahoo, MSN, Ask and tons of people search engines and yellow books. I have seen frantic emails blaming Google for invading their privacy but this is not a Google issue.
If you want your information removed from Google, you can easily do that at the Google Phonebook Name Removal Form. To remove a home or residential address, simply fill out a form. But to remove a business, it requires a bit more authentication and effort.
To remove your residential listing information from the Google phonebook, please fill out the form below, entering all information exactly as it appears in your phonebook entry. Doing so will mean your residential listing does not appear in Google for any phonebook search, even searches conducted on your name instead of your phone number. Please note that this removal is permanent and that it's not possible to add your phone number again in the future.
To remove your business listing information from the Google phonebook, please send a signed request on your company letterhead to the address below. Include a phone number and email address at which you can be reached so that we may verify your phonebook removal request. Please note that this removal is permanent and that it's not possible to add your phone number again in the future.
Forum discussion at Google Groups.