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Pinterest is a social mood board that lets users post media from all over the web to virtual boards. These boards can be shared with other users or the web at large.

What to do if you find your information on Pinterest

If you find your personal information exposed on a Pinterest board, one of two things has happened: either you’ve accidentally published the sensitive information yourself, or someone else has published information about you on their pin board.

In the first case, simply log into your Pinterest account, and delete the exposed content. Google will re-index the page in a few weeks, and it will be as if your information had never been exposed.

The second case it a little trickier. If the exposed information is illegal to publish because it violates a court order, a copyright, or a state or federal statute, you can use Google’s content removal tools to request that the offending content be taken down.

If the exposed information does not violate the law, your only option is to contact the owner of the Pinterest account, and ask nicely that it be removed.

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