Google Keeps Images You Upload To Google Search By Image

Sep 30, 2011 • 8:33 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Search by ImageGoogle's search by image feature is pretty cool, even though sometimes it confuses me with a porn star.

A user asked in a Google Web Search Help thread, what does Google do with the images you upload to the search by image feature?

What if you are uploading private photos just to make sure those images are not on the internet. What does Google do with those images?

The FAQs say, "When you use Search by Image, any images that you upload and any URLs that you submit will be stored by Google and treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Google uses those images and URLs solely to provide and improve our products and services."

Kelly from Google answered this question in a bit more detail in the forums, saying:

When a user uploads an image or provides an image URL to search by image, we treat that image as the user’s query and will log a thumbnail sized version of it. The reason for this is that our recognition engines are trained using a large corpus of real world images. We also retain image queries for the same reasons we retain text queries: to fight spam, improve the relevance of search results, etc.

Like text queries, your image queries are not public.

Third-party vendors cannot access this data. As mentioned before, the thumbnails are fed into a larger pool of images that help us improve the quality of this feature.

So you'd have to assume the images are stored for as long as they store their log files, which is "anonymizing IP addresses after 9 months and cookies in our search engine logs after 18 months." But there is nothing specific if those images are ever deleted.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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09/30/2011 02:00 pm

Informative post, thank you Barry.


02/23/2013 06:15 pm

Obviously they keep them. They keep everything. In most situations, that is more of a good thing than a bad thing. When Google knows more, we all benefit, at least in most cases. Let me also say, anyone who uploads an image to the internet (via Google or otherwise,) in order to make sure that image is not anywhere on the internet, has a bad case of mixed-up-itis. First, if the image wasn't already on the internet, it is after you upload it; second, if it is already on the internet, and you search and find it, you have just increased the popularity of the image and thus made it more likely (possibly much more likely) that others will soon be looking at it.


07/15/2013 05:05 am

Its not good to save our private images. Please consider and let us no if something can be done about it. Please develop a feature with which a user if he wishes can delete the log of images he uploaded to search using image search on google. Thanks. We fear those images could be used by anybody for anything. I hope you'll definitely do something about it.


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Kashyap Joshi

10/03/2013 07:10 am

Cool... Thanks. I just got my answer. Now I will upload my images carefully to search.

Sarosh Rasheed

02/25/2014 05:26 pm

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Sarosh Rasheed

02/25/2014 06:11 pm

Very Good Tecnique I Appiciate it . thanks Ver Much

Husaain Rami

03/19/2014 03:25 pm


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04/07/2014 09:45 am

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