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Google allows people to ask to remove images of minors from its search results: NPR


Google says minors and their families can request that an image be removed from its search results, in a new policy unveiled on Wednesday.

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Google allows people to ask to remove images of minors from its search results: NPR

Google says minors and their families can request that an image be removed from its search results, in a new policy unveiled on Wednesday.

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Google installed a new policy on Wednesday that will allow minors or their caregivers to request that their images be removed from company search results, saying “children and teens face unique challenges online, especially when ‘a photo of them is unexpectedly available on the Internet. “

The policy follows Google’s August announcement that it would take a number of steps to protect minors’ privacy and mental well-being, giving them more control over how they appear online. .

You can fill out a form to request that an image be removed

Google says the process for removing a miner’s image from its search results begins with filling out a form that asks for the target image’s URL. The form also asks for the URL of the Google search page used to find the image and the search terms that were used. The company will then assess the removal request.

While the request may end up erasing the problematic images from Google’s search tools, “it’s important to note that removing an image from Google results does not remove it from the Internet,” the company said during the announcement of the policy.

The changes come after Google and other tech companies faced stiff criticism for their policies towards children, who now live in the public eye more than any previous generation – facing the prospect of sharing and preserving n at any point in their online life, regardless of their age. own wishes.

The tool indicates that it is intended for cases in which the subject is under the age of 18. Google says that if adults want their content removed, they should use a separate set of options.

Google has come under pressure to protect children and privacy

In 2019, allegations that Google’s YouTube subsidiary collected personal information from children without the knowledge or consent of their parents led the company to pay a $ 170 million settlement to state regulators and federal.

“The law on the protection of the privacy of our children does not allow companies to track children on the Internet and collect individual data on them without the consent of their parents,” said at the time the commissioner of the FTC, Rohit Chopra, at NPR. “And that’s exactly what YouTube did, and YouTube knew it was targeting kids with some of these videos.”

When Google first announced the image removal initiative in August, it also pledged to block ads targeting people based on their age, gender, or interests if they are under. 18 years old. He also said his YouTube division will change the default privacy settings on video downloads that are subject to the strictest restrictions if they come from teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17.

One of the most important early adjustments to Google’s search tools comes from Europe, where the case of a Spaniard established the “right to be forgotten” in 2014. Over the next four years, Google said, people have made over 650,000 requests to remove specific websites. from its search results.

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