How Google Is Working To Keep Medical Information Private

Posted June 24, 2017

The change, which was made on Thursday, put confidential, personal medical records in the bracket of information Google may remove unprompted from search results.

Now Google will make sure "confidential" medical information can not be found when people search. Considering the damage people can do if they find your medical records (especially since many medical records are tied to a person's social security number), it's not that shocking to see it added to the list.

The news organisation noticed that the search giant had added the data type to its list of information automatically removed from search results.

Health records can also appear online without consent. A pathology lab in India inadvertently published the health records of 43,000 patients in December, for instance.

A company spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that the changes don't affect search advertising but didn't comment further.

With the spread of fake news and misinformation, Google adjusted its search results to place contested information to combat fake news.

In the past Google has been famously hands-off with regards to the removal of webpages, which has brought criticism due to the influence it has on internet searches. The records were indexed in Google's search results.

As one of the world's most popular search engine, removing information from Google reduces the visibility of such information although it can be accessed with other search engines.