back to article After failing at privacy, again, Google is working to keep Bard chats out of Search

Google's Bard chatbot is currently being re-educated to better understand privacy. In July, Bard gained the ability to share conversations with other people using a unique public link. Unfortunately, Google Search has indexed those shared links, making them more widely available and discoverable than Bard patrons might expect …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Mushroom

    "We're working on blocking them from being indexed now"

    Why didn't you work on blocking them before you made this "tool" available ?

    Because you always wait for the backlash before doing something that might impede your ability to slurp more data.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: "We're working on blocking them from being indexed now"

      It requires forethought, that's why.

    2. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: "We're working on blocking them from being indexed now"

      Because privacy is always an afterthought with Google, perhaps with a nice dashboard to try and make it look like they've got a coherent privacy offering.

      1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

        Re: "We're working on blocking them from being indexed now"

        In Google's world privacy is the last thing they want. THey cant make money on privacy their whole business is based on public selling of advertising. If all the lights turn off they have nothing to sell.

    3. Groo The Wanderer Silver badge

      Re: "We're working on blocking them from being indexed now"

      Never look for malicious motivation when simple incompetence explains it quite adequately.

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: "We're working on blocking them from being indexed now"

        It can be both.

        In this case, it looks like a combination of a systemic desire to harvest as much data as possible – which includes publishing much of it, because then you get additional data about who wants it – and a design failure that arose in part from the culture produced by that systemic problem.

  2. Fairlytayleree

    I was really enjoying Bard's newb like attempts to get me to stop drinking and smoking

    Honestly, though, it's already pretty good.

    I wouldn't let this small set back get your train off the rails, Google UK.

    On the other hand, indexing chat results? I hope it's fixed already with all your focus on privacy within the main Google Bard app.

    Do you want to write some fantasy?

    https://bard.google.com/chat

    The example questions are fine to learn how to address the (currently) text based AI. It seems to know about ALL the freeware, including tools to query the whole USB bus system and see when things get plugged in... :)

  3. Omnipresent Bronze badge

    If we need

    A computer science degree to use the internet we are all FxCKed. You are the product, and there is no way to shut it off. There are too many suckers. Buy up old machines, stock up now, and turn it all off. This is not your world anymore. You have already lost control.

  4. Blazde Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Apocalpyse Imminent

    Never mind the privacy issues, this is nightmare fuel to the singularity folks... Search engine indexes AI chats. The bots get trained on those indexes, thus learning from each and from their own mistakes in some kind of bizarrely exponentially increasing positive feedback loop that has no ceiling. Something, something, something. Humanity is wiped out a nanosecond after someone realises there's a real problem.

  5. jake Silver badge

    Google's failing at privacy AGAIN?

    Shirley you mean STILL.

    Alphagoo's only raison d'être is privacy invasion. It's what they do.

    It's why I actively shun them, and have been for almost a quarter century now.

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