Google has started showing active AMBER Alerts for missing U.S. children above its search results on both regular Google Search and on Google Maps. And that includes both desktop and mobile searches.
Here’s what one that’s currently showing up on a search for “amber alerts boston” looks like.
Here’s Google’s explanation of what might prompt the AMBER Alert to appear:
If you’re using Google Search or Maps on desktop and mobile you’ll see an AMBER Alert if you search for related information in a particular location where a child has recently been abducted and an alert was issued. You’ll also see an alert if you conduct a targeted search for the situation.
It’s a good move for Google to include this information in its search results. It’s made possible by cooperation between Google and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, using the Google Public Alerts system.
Google says it’s also working with childrens’ agencies in Canada and Europe to expand the service.