Google is removing the photos from its search engine, a move the company says will protect privacy.
Google said Tuesday that it will no longer display the photos on its website and will delete the photos for users when they delete their accounts.
The company said the changes were made “to help prevent people from using our products to harm other people.”
“We’re removing the images from our search results in the interest of preserving the privacy of people who are using our search service,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
“We don’t remove photos that are collected and archived by third parties.”
The company has been criticized by some privacy advocates for its practice of collecting and storing user data, including name, address, phone number, and other information.
Last month, a federal judge ordered Google to remove photos of the victims of the 2014 Boston Marathon bombing, including a picture of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police.
The decision to remove the photos comes after privacy groups complained to Google about the practice of tracking the location of people searching for information on a search.
The company said in January that it was working to change the practices.
The Associated Press first reported the changes.
In February, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, said the company would change how it collected and stored data.
In May, the company announced that it had removed about 80,000 photos from the search results page of its YouTube service, saying it had learned from the lessons learned during the Boston Marathon bombings.
The changes, announced Tuesday, come after privacy advocates complained that Google had continued to collect information about people who search for the word “cop.”
The move came after privacy advocacy groups called on the company to stop its practice, which they said was a violation of the privacy rights of people in Boston and other cities.
“Google should stop collecting the locations of people on its own servers and start collecting the data about how people use its search service, and then stop using it as a platform to target users who want to target them with hate speech,” said Jessica Rich, senior policy counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a lawsuit challenging the practice.
Google’s move to remove images from its website came after a similar move last year that was widely condemned by privacy advocates.
The photos were removed from the results of search results that were being shared by users of the search engine.