Google strips private medical data from searches

June 26, 2017

Google has quietly amended its search engine indexing to exclude past and present personal medical data for the first time.

It’s a deceptively straightforward change the company describes in its data removal policy homepage as relating to “confidential, personal medical records of private people.”

The shock of this – which perhaps also explains why it is being sneaked in as a single line of text on a help page very few people visit – is that Google’s search engine would index such a sensitive category of data in the first place.

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