UPDATE: I have written an article meant for webmasters, so they can protect users from this privacy breach.
Almost every website you visit has a private “virtual notebook”, also known as a database stores everything you do on that website. If you give the site your credit card number or social security number, it is kept in their “virtual notebook”. You leave the site, believing that no one except you can get your information. Unfortunately, the entire world can get any information you’ve entered on almost any website thanks to Google Search. Google Search is including almost every “virtual notebook” and the information stored within that notebook in their search results. If you’ve given a site your credit card number or social security number, then there is a very high chance it is in Google search.
This information is very easy for anyone to find, especially for cyber-criminals because Google has made it so anyone can do a Google search with the words filetype: and then the extension for “virtual notebooks”.
I contacted Google immediately when I discovered this problem believing that they would want to fix it. I was wrong. They were fully aware that people can find your info, but they feel that they can’t stop it, nor is it their job to “censor or curate” their results unless they are required to do so by law. They said that it is the webmasters job to hide any information that shouldn’t be seen. I am not sure why Google believes they can’t hide your personal information from the world, since their competitors Bing and Yahoo! are able too.
I found it odd that anyone who uses Google Blogspot or Google Sites will have their “virtual notebook” appear in Google search results. Google is the Webmaster for those two sites, yet they aren’t hiding those “virtual notebooks” from their own search engine. I would like to note that as far as I can tell Facebook has hidden their ”virtual notebooks” from Google Search. You may read our technical article on how to hide your database, if you aren’t doing so already.
A website Who calls Google dorks has been keeping track of Google adding private information to their search engine that violates your privacy since 2003. In 2003 they were adding some passwords to the search engine, but now the information that Google has is quite shocking. I am not legally allowed to link to the site I am referring to, because the information on that site could help people commit cyber-crimes and break the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.
At the beginning of the article I said I would let you read the entire reply from Google, so here it is.
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Did you know Google was violating your privacy? Do you think Google should be held responsible for this? Let us know in the comments!
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