Since April 2009, when you search for an individual on Google, relevant Google Profiles will be included at the bottom of the results. For example, if you searched for Phil Jones, you would see the following results:
As long as you’re Phil Jones and you’re comfortable with everyone being able to see the information you provide online, this is a great feature. However, for the more private individuals among us, I will show you how to disable your Google Profile from being included in search results.
- Go to Google Accounts
- Click on the “Edit Profile” link located under your name
- Edit your first and last name (note: I have removed my last name)
- Uncheck the “Display my full name so I can be found in search (also required to use Google Buzz and Latitude)” box
- Uncheck the other boxes based on your preferences
- Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page
If you would like to eliminate any chance of the profile ever making a revival in the future, there is also a “Delete Profile” option on this page. This option will completely disable any usage of Google Buzz and possibly some other services, so use at your own discretion. After making the changes described above, Google will present you with the following banner to convince you that you should really make your profile public.
Congratulations, you have now removed your Google Profile from search results a regained a shred of privacy.