Tech giant Google on Tuesday a series of online child safety measures, especially targeting the teenagers and children to make internet browsing safe for them. One of these features is making it easier for families to request removal of a child’s photos from image search requests.
Most of Googles new policies will come into effect in the coming weeks though google did not share an exact timeline for the same .
Google product and user experience director Mindy Brooks said,”As kids and teens spend more time online, parents, educators, child safety and privacy experts, and policy makers are rightly concerned about how to keep them safe,” Here’s how the image request can be sent to Google.
The company said that it will now allow anyone under the age of 18 ,or their parents or guardians to request for removal of their images from Google search results.Google, however, said that the image won’t be removed from the web.
Mindy Brooks General manager at Google in a blog post said, “Of course, removing an image from search doesn’t remove it from the web, but we believe this change will help give young people more control of their images online”.
The search engine is also making “safe search” as the default setting for users under 18, which up to now had been the case only for under-13 users.
The company changes are also being implemented on its apps YouTube, Google Search and Google Assistant ,google play store ,and location history on your google account . On YouTube, content will be private for users who are aged between 13 to 17 years old by default.
YouTube will also safeguard and education about commercial content , by default, include reminders for younger users to take a break and to go to sleep at bedtime as well as disable the autoplay of consecutive videos.When it comes to advertisements, Google is changing the way it shows ads to minors, blocking any “age-sensitive” categories and banning targeting based on the age, gender or interests of people under 18.
The move, according to the company, will help younger users make informed decisions about their online footprint and digital privacy.The company also said it would no longer collect location history for the age group.
Protections for children in online services have gained a lot of attention in Silicon Valley lately. Apple last week announced new protections against explicit images in its Messages app.