Google made sure that it can offer its users access to all kinds of things. In the end, only a limited number of digital locations were off limits for the company. This strategy might have given the freedom and transparency many people wanted, yet it also became a weakness to the benefit of hackers and other cyber threats. Therefore, the company decided to put an end on search results for medical records.
Google Already Had Four Subcategories Under Its Removal Policy
As a consequence, users should send requests for this kind of information to be removed on their behalf. The company can also receive requests for removal of imagery of child sexual abuse. Moreover, Google respects the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and people can ask for copyright takedowns.
The New Changes Regarding Medical Records Came Shortly after Another Uber Scandal
On the other hand, the company still intends to remain the biggest source of information on the planet. Therefore, the novel policy has some annexes to limit the removable materials. As a consequence, the company can continue to display addresses, dates of birth, and telephone numbers for most search results.
This new policy alteration came shortly after an incident over at Uber headquarters. A top executive here managed without difficulties to read the medical situation of a customer who was abused in one of Uber cars in India. The company dismissed the executive in question. However, the case was another heavy blow for the ride-hailing brand which ended up with the departure of its founder, Travis Kalanick.
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