Google launches ‘Me on the Web’ Online tool lets users police their identity

17 June 2011

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Online giant Google has unveiled a new privacy tool, allowing users to monitor their identity online.

Functioning in much the same way as Google Alerts, ‘Me on the web’ lets users know every time their name or email address appears on the web or in a news story.

‘Me on the Web’ can be found in the Google Dashboard, right beneath the Account details.

Writing on the googlepublicpolicy.blogpost, Andreas Tuerk, product manager, said: ‘This is just one of our first steps in continuing to explore ways to help make managing your identity online simpler.’

The ‘Me on the Web’ section also provides links to additional resources offering advice on how to control what third-parties are posting about you on the web.

‘These include common tips like reaching out to the webmaster of a site to ask for the content to be taken down, or publishing additional information to help make less relevant websites appear farther down in search,’ added Google’s Andreas Tuerk.

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