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Oops! Google Search caught publicly indexing users’ conversations with Bard AI 🚨
🚨 Google's Bard AI got a bit of a new look last week, but something more concerning preoccupies our thoughts today: the unintended public exposure of private conversations.
💼 SEO expert Gagan Ghotra surfaced this startling fact: when shared Bard conversational links were starting to be indexed in Google Search results, and potentially revealing information that was supposed to stay private. Imagine sharing an insightful exchange with your business partner about innovative tech, only to have it visible in Google Search.
💻 It's a simple process–create a query in Bard, share the link with a designated party, and that same link can be crawled by Google, thus popping up in the public's search feed. The internet's innovative capabilities are undoubtedly incredible, but this raises serious questions about privacy and accessibility.
🐦 This was all unfolded on X (ex-Twitter), where Ghotra proudly displayed his find, revealing a slew of Bard conversations now readily available in Google's search index. It didn't take long before Peter J. Liu, a Google research scientist, joined the conversation.
🤷♂️ Liu was quick to point out that only those conversations where the 'share' button was clicked had been indexed. True, but as Ghotra explained, most users wouldn't be aware of this little fact. They, like many, may have imagined that sharing was limited to those given the link–friends, colleagues, perhaps. The assumption can quickly lead to a privacy pitfall.
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