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Google shocks the users by confirming leak of its 2500 internal documents about data collection

Google has confirmed the authenticity of a leak comprising 2500 internal documents detailing data collected by the company.

The leaked documents provide insight into the data that Google tracks, including information potentially used in its highly confidential search ranking algorithm. This leak offers an unprecedented look into one of the most influential systems shaping the internet.

In an email to The Verge, Google spokesperson Davis Thompson warned against “making inaccurate assumptions about Search based on out-of-context, outdated, or incomplete information.”

“We’ve shared extensive information about how Search works and the types of factors that our systems weigh while also working to protect the integrity of our results from manipulation,” Thompson stated.

SEO experts Rand Fishkin and Mike King were the first to analyze and publish initial reports on the leaked documents earlier this week.

The documents reveal that Google collects and may use data such as clicks and Chrome user data, despite previous claims that these do not affect webpage rankings. However, it remains unclear which specific data is used for ranking search content, and the documents do not disclose how different elements are weighted in search.

This revelation is expected to have significant implications for the SEO, marketing, and publishing industries. The documents, along with recent testimony in the US Department of Justice antitrust case, shed light on the signals Google considers when ranking websites.

These rankings are crucial for businesses that rely on web traffic, including independent publishers, restaurants, and online stores. The competition to understand and outsmart the algorithm has given rise to an industry of individuals and companies attempting to decode Google’s methods, often resulting in conflicting strategies.

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