Google Removal Policy Started Killing Private Medical Records from Search

Alphabet Inc.’s Google updated removal policy and decided to remove sensitive personal medical records from search results.Bloomberg firstly reported removal policy updates by Google.

Google Policy Update- Personal and confidential Medical records
Google Policy Update- Personal and confidential Medical records

Google doesn’t want you to search and find sensitive health related data of others.On 22nd June,2017 world’s smartest search engine-Google- added one line to it’s removal policy page: “confidential, personal medical records of private people.”

Google is trying to make web better place for everyone. Previously,Google had removed search results with sensitive financial data- credit card information, bank details & Google had already banned revenge-porn from its search engine.

It is not very common that people share personal details online but sometimes sensitive data comes out of the lockers accidentally. Such as in December,2016, An Indian pathology lab leaked health records of 43,000 people on web. Leaked documents contained names, ages, gender & test results of those patients.

Google’s Removal Policies

Google is on mission of organizing every bit of information on this planet and serve it back to people of this planet and make accessible to everyone, everywhere,but some information can’t be distributed on public channels like search engines.

To control quality and avoid negative effects of information,Google has policies- Google Removal Policies

Legal Requests

Google removes following information from results

  • Child porn or sexual abuse is not tolerable
  • Content reported by anyone with valid legal requests, such as copyrighted content (movies,images,articles)

How to Ask Google to remove content from Search Index?

What else Google does not want us to know?:

Following information/data may be removed from Google results

  • National identification numbers like U.S. Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Físicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card, etc.
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Images of signatures
  • Nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent
  • Confidential, personal medical records of private people

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