Google Search Now Displays Conversations with Google Bard AI

Why do my private conversations appear in Google Search?

Google Search Now Displays Conversations with Google Bard AI

Did you know that you can share your Google Bard chats with friends, family, or coworkers? If this is news to you, that's okay! It turns out that Google Search is accidentally showing shared Bard conversations in search results. Some of these conversations were meant to be private. We've contacted Google to find out if this is supposed to happen or if it's a mistake.

[UPDATE: Google is working to resolve this issue. It says that shared chats were never intended to appear in Google Search. "Statement from Google"]

Google Bard's sharing feature is easy to use. Instead of copying and pasting what the AI says, you can just create a link for others to view. People who see your shared conversation can also continue the conversation from where you stopped. This can be helpful when planning things like a work project, a trip, or other group activities. According to the Bard Help page, only people with the right web link can access shared conversations. This means it's private, and Google doesn't say anything about shared conversations showing up in search results.


If you type in "site:bard.google.com/share" on Google Search, you'll come across lots of Bard conversations that people have shared. Some of them are harmless, but others talk about specific places or businesses. Google doesn't show usernames or personal information from these shared conversations, but some users are mentioning identifiable stuff directly in their Bard chats. The good news is that only a few of these conversations are actually showing up in Google's search results.

We don't really know why this is happening. It could be that Google forgot to use a tag to keep these conversations from showing up in search results. Or maybe it's because Google updated its search system to highlight more interesting content. Some of these Bard conversations might actually be helpful to others. For instance, in one conversation, someone asks Bard how they can use its roleplay feature for creative writing.

Even if the sharing feature is working as it should, this isn't good news. People might start doubting whether they can trust Google's Bard AI, and some users might have their private information exposed. To give you an idea, Google advises users not to share personal information during Bard conversations, but there's nothing to prevent users from accidentally sharing identifiable details.

We're waiting to hear from Google for an explanation or comment. In the meantime, it's a good idea to delete any Bard conversation share links you've created. You can do this by going to https://bard.google.com/sharing or by opening a Bard chat, clicking the Settings button, and choosing "Your Public Link." If you prefer, you can also delete all your Bard activity entirely.

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