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Geek Tip: Delete Your Number From Google PhoneBook Results

I was surprised to learn that Google has introduced a new Phonebook feature that allows you to Google phone numbers and get the corresponding name and address on a Google map. For some, this may seem like a useful business and "yellow-page inspired" tool. For others - particularly yours truly and families with young children - this feels like a "street-view-esque" invasion of privacy.

If your number is listed in the ordinary yellow pages, but you don't want your phone number and address to pop up when someone googles your name and city or phone number, you can request to have your information removed. Google's phone and address listings are gathered by a third party provider, which collects telephone directories and other public records available elsewhere on the web. If you would like to have your telephone number completely unlisted (including from your local phone book) you have to contact your local phone company and request to be both unlisted and unpublished. Want to remove your number from the web?

If you want to remove your number from Google, you just have to fill out a simple form. Doing so will mean your residential listing does not appear in Google for any phonebook search, even searches conducted on your name instead of your phone number. According to Google, the removal is permanent and that it's not possible to add your phone number again in the future. For more information, visit the Google Phonebook Name Removal page.

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woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
ooh yes, zabba is crazy!!!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
does this count for cell phones as well? or just landline...
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I assume it didn't work for my number since I only had a cell phone, but it was a little creepy being able to look my parents up so easily.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Thanks! I just removed myself!
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Never thought about it!
Megatron Megatron 10 years
Uhhh, scary!! I will do this first thing in the morning.
poetess poetess 10 years
Ahhh...I forgot that last question mark!
poetess poetess 10 years
I wonder whether zaba and google are working together? Anyhow, does anyone know if this will remove info from other sites as well, or is it exclusive to google.
poetess poetess 10 years tops google for invasion of privacy.
Estrella-Luna Estrella-Luna 10 years
I took our number off this list a while back. I also took my parents and brother's numbers off as well.
lostbronte lostbronte 10 years
Awesome, will use this!
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