Google Policy Update Affects Patient Data Security

Google Policy Update Affects Patient Data Security

A recent privacy update from Google may positively affect patient data security. Starting last week, Google has begun private medical records from its search results as part of its “Removal Policies”. The policy now includes “confidential, personal medical records of private people” as types of data it may remove from search.

The tech giant states on an FAQ on Privacy & Terms that “Once the content has been removed and Google has noted the update, the information will no longer appear in Google’s search results.”

However, the added that, “Search engines can’t remove content directly from websites, so removing search results from Google wouldn’t remove the content from the web.” Google advises users to “contact the webmaster of the site the content is posted on and ask him or her to make a change.”

Source: Health IT Security

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