Google Voice voicemails are accidentally being indexed

Privacy concerns are being raised over the search giant accidentally making private voicemails available publically from its popular Google Voice service

A technical error in the Google algorithm is indexing private voicemail recordings from Google Voice and making them available to the public.

If you currently search “site:*” in Google, it will return various voicemails, some dated as far back as many months ago, to even only hours ago.

As of right now, if you perform the search string noted above, the voicemails are still available publically with transcription.

 Google employee Vincent Paquet noted in a support forum question that Google has made a change in how the pages are indexed and crawled to prevent more private voicemails from being indexed. The website owner now has the option on if those pages will be indexed.

The last thing people would want here is for others to actually query a persons name included in the string to bring up very private voicemails of that specific person.

This latest incident reignites online privacy concerns over just how safe our data really is online and who is actually really using it.

But hey, I guess all this is okay since Google will be flipping the $13 per flight WiFi fee on Virigin America flights between November 10, 2009 through January 15, 2010.

tag TAGS: , ,
Short URL:
b2p Ensure that you follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook
Murad is an engineering graduate from Centennial college in Toronto, Canada. Write to [email protected]
We are perfectly committed to the highest ethical and professional codes of conduct and standards in the industry on a firm wide basis. Learn more about us, our contributors, and our governance
We encourage you to comment. Comments are moderated. Comments that are abusive, off-topic, have marginal substance, or include promotional content will be removed. We cannot facilitate requests to edit or remove comments, or explain moderation decisions

Business 2.0 Press publishes exclusive business tech news and analysis covering start-ups to large-caps from Bay & Wall streets since 2008 from a group of highly knowledgeable industry professionals that abide by the toughest industry codes of conduct and professional standards lightMore

lightAdd value by subscribing (RSS)

logo has the most stock ratios for public companies. Get the most comprehensive micro insight on public firms available on the web, all for free.
Stock Fractionsgo


Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of death. Irrespective of family history, everyone is exposed to the risk. About 90% of colon cancer cases begin from non-cancerous tumors, polyps, which could form in the large bowel. Screening with a colonoscopy will painlessly remove any polyps hence almost entirely reducing your risk of developing the horrible disease. The good news is that about 90% of colon cancer cases are preventable through a simple (yes, simple) colonoscopy.
Learn moreatom
Public service message from Business 2.0 Press