Google Discards Private Medical Records From Search Results


The search engine now "may remove" - in addition to existing categories of information - "confidential, personal medical records of private people" from search results.

The change was made on Thursday to include the "confidential, personal medical records of private people" in the bracket of information Google may remove unprompted from search results.

The last modification to the removal approach was made in 2015 with the expansion of bare or sexually unequivocal pictures that were transferred or shared without your assent to cover supposed revenge porn. In December, a pathology lab in India mistakenly uploaded the records of over 43,000 patients containing sensitive information, including names and blood tests for HIV.

In the past, health records have also been posted online accidentally, Bloomberg notes.

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Speaking to Bloomberg, a Google spokeswoman said that the changes will not affect search advertising.

In addition Google, along with many other web firms, has filtered results following criticism about the legitimacy it lends misleading articles or fake news stories.

Though this private information could potentially still appear on other search engines and be accessed directly, its removal from Google will drastically reduce the likelihood of it being found due to the search engine's sheer scale and reach. The records were indexed in Google's search results.

Google has recently come under fire for its search and services such as YouTube being used to spread extremist content, as well as its ad network being used to fund sites dedicated to spreading hate speech and propaganda.