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Google commented on the situation with indexing files with Google Docs in search engines. Response of the Corporation published in the official blog of Russian units.
The users noticed that in the search for “Yandex” shows the files that are not protected by privacy settings, including important documents with passwords and other sensitive information. Google said that the service is working correctly and the problem lies in the settings, which specify the owners of the documents.
“Search engines can index only those documents that have deliberately been made public by their owners, or when someone publishes a link to a document whose owner has made it available for search and viewing to all on the Internet”, — stated in the message.
In addition, Google reminded that the instructions for installing limitations is in the public domain. In this case, the Corporation did not specify how the files are configured with the “access link”, the publication of which took place only in private messages, was indexed: noticed that several users found that their documents were available to other people.
In the process of analysis of the situation the author of the Telegram-channel WebAnalytics learned that some users have encountered a similar problem before and found the instructions on correct exposure settings.
On the night of July 5, several large communities on Twitter and Telegram noted that “Yandex” has started to index Google Docs. Search other people’s documents were available about an hour later, the company closed such a possibility. In “Yandex” have assured that the search engine gets only the public part of the Internet, and added that Google was contacted and warned about the problem.
Later, netizens found out that the indexing happens at the search engines of other companies.
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