How to Remove Your Social Security Number From Google
By Kevin Lee
Anyone who knows your Social Security number can make it visible to the world. This can happen if a friend or business partner posts your private information in a forum, and Google's indexing robots discover it. When people search Google, they may stumble upon a search result that takes them to the Web page that displays your Social Security number. As Google notes, "You should first reach out to the site owner or webmaster to have the information removed." If you discover a Google search result that leads to a page that contains your Social Security number, you can fill out a form that asks Google to investigate the problem.
Copy the URL of the Google search results page that has a link to the Web page that contains your Social Security number. Do that by highlighting the URL in your browser's Address bar and pressing "Ctrl-C."
Navigate to the Web page that displays your Social Security number and copy that page's URL.
Visit Google's Inside Search Web page and review the form it displays. Enter your name and email address in the appropriate text boxes.
Answer the form's questions and paste the two URLs you copied into the appropriate text boxes. You must also enter the last four digits of your Social Security number in the text box that asks for those digits. Click "Submit" to submit your removal request.
Google's removal process works for sites that appear in Google search results. If you see your Social Security number on a Web page that Google has not indexed, Google cannot remove it since it has not indexed the page. Your only option in this instance is to contact the site owners and ask them to remove your personal information.
If the website that displays your Social Security number is not live, do not fill out the form as described. Instead, click the form's "Web Page Removal Request Tool" link, click "Create a New Removal Request" and follow the instructions.
After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.