Google introduces new features for personal  online  safety


Google has introduced  new features on Google search to help individuals  stay in control of their personal  information, privacy and online safety.

The Communication and Public  Relations Manager, West  Africa,  Google, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, said in a statement  on Friday that Google is  conscious  of the online safety  of its users hence making it the safest way to search.

Kola-Ogunlade said  that in 2022, Google launched the ‘Results about you’  tool, to make it easy for individuals to request the removal of search results that contain personal phone number, home address or email, right from the Google app or however search is  accessed.

He said that Google  had significantly updated and improved the tool, helping users keep track of personal contact information in search and alerting them when found, so that it could be removed.

According to him, in the coming days, Google will be rolling out a new dashboard that will let users know if web results with their contact information are showing up on search.

The communication officer said that one could quickly request the removal of those results from Google — right in the tool.

‘’Google  will also notify one when new results from the web containing  contact info pop up in Search, to give you added peace of mind.

‘’You can access this tool in the Google app by clicking on your Google account photo and selecting “Results about you”, or by visiting

‘’This tool is available in the U.S. in English to start, and we’re working to bring it to new languages and locations soon,’’ he said.

According to him, more control  of family is another feature of family from inadvertently encountering explicit imagery on Search.

Kola-Ogunlade  said that with this update, explicit imagery such as adult or graphic violent content would now be blurred by default when it appears in search results.

He said that the new ‘SafeSearch’ blurring setting was rolling out for all users globally which could be adjusted in settings and turned  off at any time, unless a guardian or school network administrator has locked the setting.

Kola-Ogunlade  said that Google  was also making it easier to find parental controls directly in Search.

‘’Just type in a relevant query like “google parental controls” or “google family link” and you will see a box with information on how to manage your parental controls.’’

He, however, highlighted other improved features such as ‘enable  people  remove’ which could be used to remove from Search any of their personal,  explicit images that they no longer wish to be visible in Search among others.


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