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I have stripped images that we own of any metadata however they still appear when using Google Image Search. Why is that?

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Are you searching using an image? – ChrisN Jan 6 '13 at 0:06
@ChrisN - Yes I am. They are private photos but it seems that Google has indexed them somehow. – PeanutsMonkey Jan 6 '13 at 0:13
Then stripping the metadata won't help if you are looking for matching images. – ChrisN Jan 6 '13 at 0:33
Did you strip the metadata after Google had "somehow" indexed them? – Karan Jan 6 '13 at 0:36
You could try this – ChrisN Jan 6 '13 at 0:53
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Use robots.txt to block access to those images and wait for googlebot to revisit your site. After the visit remove the robots.txt rules and rename the files and the next time googlebot revists it will index the new images (stripped of metadata).

Warning: you might have image downtime on google

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Thanks. I already had a look at that but want to stop reverse image search. – PeanutsMonkey Jan 6 '13 at 1:20
you'll need a robots.txt file combined with a Complete removal from Google's Webmasters Tools as @ChrisN suggested – CSᵠ Jan 6 '13 at 1:22

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