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Google is making it easier to find and remove personal info, explicit images from Search on August 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm

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Google is introducing a few new Search updates that are designed to help users stay in control of their personal information, privacy and online safety. The company announced today that it’s making it easier for users to find and remove results about themselves, while also updating its policies on personal explicit images to remove their personal, explicit images from Search.

The search giant is going to roll out a new dashboard that will inform users if web results with their contact information is showing up on Search. The new dashboard builds on Google’s “Results about you” tool that launched last year and makes it easy for to request the removal of search results that contain your personal phone number, home address or email. With this new dashboard, you can quickly request the removal of your contact information from Google.

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You can access this tool in the Google app by clicking on your Google account photo and selecting “Results about you.” The tool is available in the U.S. in English for now, but Google is working on bringing it to new locations and languages soon.

Earlier this year, Google rolled out a safeguard that helps protect people from inadvertently encountering explicit imagery on Search. With this update, explicit imagery — such as adult or graphic violent content — will now be blurred by default when it appears in Search results. The new SafeSearch blurring setting is rolling out for all users globally this month. You can adjust your settings and turn it off at any time, unless a guardian or school network administrator has locked the setting. 

In addition, is making it easier to find parental controls directly in Search. You can do so by typing 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.  

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As part of today’s announcement, Google is making it easier for people to remove their personal, explicit images from Search. Although Google already enables users to remove non-consensual explicit imagery from Search, the search giant is now letting users remove explicit content that they uploaded themselves.

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“We have long had policies that enable you to remove non-consensual explicit imagery from Search,” Google wrote in a blog post. “Now, we’re building on these protections to enable people to remove from Search any of their personal, explicit images that they no longer wish to be visible in Search. For example, if you created and uploaded explicit content to a website, then deleted it, you can request its removal from Search if it’s being published elsewhere without approval. This policy doesn’t apply to content you are currently commercializing.”

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It’s worth noting that removing content from Google Search does not remove it from the web or other search engines. However, Google says it hopes these changes will users more control over private information appearing in Search.

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Niremia Collective closes inaugural fund with $22.5M focused on well-being technology on February 2, 2024 at 1:59 pm

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Niremia Collective intends to provide capital and management resources to high-growth well-being startups as well as incubate new businesses.

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FTC orders Blackbaud to overhaul ‘reckless’ security practices in wake of 2020 breach on February 2, 2024 at 1:20 pm

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Education tech company Blackbaud agreed to settle with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the company’s security practices that resulted in a 2020 data breach. The FTC alleges that Blackbaud, a U.S.-based company that provides financial and administrative software to colleges, nonprofits, healthcare organizations, and far-right organizations, had “lax” security protocols that allowed attackers to […]

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Apple says it’ll show its GenAI efforts ‘later this year’ on February 2, 2024 at 12:14 pm

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Apple has tossed another crumb to investors wondering when the world will get to see some ‘Made in Cupertino’ GenAI: Expect Apple to reveal what it’s been working on in this buzzy slice of artificial intelligence “later this year”, per CEO Tim Cook. During an earnings call yesterday, Apple’s chief exec emphasized its ongoing investment […]

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