Soon, and very soon, all private medical reports on Google search page will no longer be available. Bloomberg reports that search engine giant has started removing a new category of online content that contains personal medical records. What this means is that the public will no longer be able to access your private personal record as it will now be added to list of banned material.
Google listed certain information that comes under the category of material to be removed from its search page to include, but not limited to “confidential personal medical records of private people.” However, a spokesperson for Google told Bloomberg that such information will only be removed when specific requests come from individuals.
This update in policy to include removing private medical records from the search page is very unlike Google. In the past, the company had made little effort at tweaking its search algorithms; though some confidential materials were banned in the past. Previously, materials regarded as revenge porn were removed from search result. Results from queries that include bank account information, social security numbers and credit card information banned.
Good move from Google in this age of data breaches and fake news. Protecting user medical record will further boost confidence of the world’s largest search engine.
Still on online safety and educating the public, Google launched an online educational program to educate kids about safety. Called “Be Internet Awesome,” Google is aiming to teach kids internet harassment, phishing, and other safety-related issues.
“As a parent, I’m constantly talking with my two daughters about how they use the Internet. The way they use it to explore, create and learn inspires me to do my best work at Google, where I lead a team making products that help families and kids have positive experiences online. But for kids to really make the most of the web, we need more than just helpful products: We need to provide guidance as they learn to make their own smart decisions online,” Pavni Diwanji Vice President of Engineering for Kids and Families said in a blog post.
The new program, which was developed with help from teachers, YouTube videographers, internet safety and literacy organizations, and resources, includes classroom curriculum and a video game called Interland.
According to Google, Be Internet Awesome will focus on topics that are relevant to all ages, despite being a programed designed for kids. Some of its sections include how to limit sharing personal information with people on the internet, how to avoid falling for scam, creating strong passwords, and avoiding negative behavior online. Google has also designed an online pledge that students can sign.
Google is contributing its own quota towards making the internet safe for everyone—and feels that the best way to go about it is to start with the younger ones. By educating the younger ones and getting them informed of certain risks online, it [Google] is creating awareness.
Got something to say about this story? You can do so by using the comment box.