If you have ever thought about searching for a person’s private medical information on Google, you are going to be out of luck. The company is now purging medical information from the search results. Bloomberg reported the change in Google’s removal policies, which adds a single line that reads:
Confidential, personal medical records of private people
Not much in the way of information was given to Bloomberg by Google about the change, except that that they have “confirmed the changes do not affect search advertising.” Google declined to comment further on why they are making this change now.
Google lists very few examples of information they will remove content from their index, including:
- national identification numbers like US Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Físicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card and more.
- 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.
Here is a screen shot of the removal page: